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31 Dec 2004 description

as at 19.00 hrs 31 December 2004

This report covers key issues, developments, DFID responses to date, planned responses and UN and Red Cross/Crescent actions.

KEY ISSUES

- A key DFID objective at this stage is to provide capacity for the UN to become fully operational. Aceh is assessed to be a particularly urgent need in this respect. Ms Wahlstrom, UN Special Coordinator for the crisis, has called for military support to provide infrastructure necessary for UN teams to operate.

- DFID received 40 concept notes from humanitarian agencies by today's deadline.

31 Dec 2004 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

31 Dec 2004 description


The IRC's Impact

In 2004, IRC humanitarian aid programs restored hope and opportunity for more than 15 million conflict-affected individuals around the world, and millions more were helped by the 5,600 local organizations and community groups that the IRC supports. Here's a look at some of the IRC's most recent achivements:

- More than 4.3 million people gained access to clean water and sanitation through our environmental health programs.

30 Dec 2004 description

07.00 hrs 30 December 2004

KEY ISSUES

- Hilary Benn, Secretary of State yesterday announced an initial £15 million for immediate humanitarian response in the region.

- The US is dispatching a Marine expeditionary unit, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, and the Maritime pre-position squadron from Guam to the area to help with relief efforts. The US, in conjunction with Japan, India and Australia are looking to build and international coalition for immediate humanitarian relief and long-term recovery.

30 Dec 2004 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

29 Dec 2004 description

06.00 hrs 29 December 2004

KEY ISSUES

- The Government of Indonesia has declared a national disaster but has not called for international assistance. Increased access to affected regions approved, assessments underway.

- The Government of the Maldives has declared a national disaster and has requested international assistance "for environmental disaster".

- The Government of Sri Lanka has declared a national disaster and has requested international assistance.

29 Dec 2004 description

19:00 hrs 29 December 2004

KEY ISSUES

- Secretary of State announces an initial £15 million for immediate humanitarian response in the region.

- The US is dispatching a Marine expeditionary unit, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, and the Maritime pre-position squadron from Guam to the area to help with relief efforts. The US, in conjunction with Japan, India and Australia are looking to build an international coalition for immediate humanitarian relief and long-term recovery.

29 Dec 2004 description

NOAA scientists at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii went to work within minutes of getting a seismic signal that an earthquake occurred off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

29 Dec 2004 description
report Malteser

Cologne. As from today, 29 December, Malteser Germany will extend its emergency relief to the region north of Phuket and Khao Lak. "We have encountered around 2,000 families whose villages have been wholly swept away. Help had not yet arrived so we immediately began distributing food, blankets and drinking water", states a Malteser staff member. The region's hospital, too, is in dire need of medical and dressing material. Tomorrow, Marie-Theres Benner, Malteser coordinator in Thailand, will be arriving to coordinate relief efforts.

28 Dec 2004 description

CURRENT SITUATION

Most Powerful Earthquake in 40 Years

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake on December 26, off the west coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, triggered massive tsunamis that affected several countries throughout South and Southeast Asia, as well as Somalia, Tanzania, and Kenya in East Africa.

28 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Dec 28, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The International Monetary Fund ( IMF) has provided Kenya with an additional 6.1 billion shillings ( 77.6 million US dollars) in addition to the 332.2 million dollars already given to address the recent drought, The Standard newspaper reported on Tuesday.

23 Dec 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Russian Federation

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Djibouti, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Kenya, (7) Somalia, (8) Sudan, (9) Tanzania, (10) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Liberia, (3) Mauritania, (4) Sahel region

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Lesotho, (3) Malawi, (4) Namibia, (5) Zambia, (6) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea, (3) Indonesia

21 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 21 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

20 Dec 2004 description


INTRODUCTION

This is the third and last issue for 2004 of this report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation and cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in humanitarian operations.

20 Dec 2004 description

Nairobi, December 18, 2004 - On the morning of Saturday December 18 2004 Action Against Hunger (AAH) staff traveling in 3 cars between El Wak and Wargadud were ambushed by a group of 5 unidentified gunmen men. AAH regrets to inform you that during the attack, Mr. Sahal Rashid Abdi, a contracted driver who was transporting the staff was shot and killed during the ambush. AAH staff involved in the incident have been accounted for and escorted back to El Wak.

Action Against Hunger would like to offer its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr.

17 Dec 2004 description

17 December 2004, NAIROBI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that thousands of refugees in Kenya will go hungry unless it receives immediate donations of cash or food commodities.

"Less and less food has been reaching refugee families. Instead of 26 kilograms of food for two weeks, a family of three now has to make do with 23 kilograms. It will get continually worse unless contributions come forward urgently," said Tesema Negash, WFP's Country Director for Kenya.