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Author Karen Villholth Principal researcher; also Coordinator of the global partnership GRIPP, Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice, International Water Management Institute
Tsunamis are rare, powerful and unpredictable natural hazards, with devastating consequences for coastal populations caught in their path. The vast majority are caused by earthquakes in active seismic areas and occur along a limited range of inhabited shores around the world (Figure 1). In total, 16 major tsunamis killed 250,900 people in 21 countries between 1996 and 2015, according to EM-DAT records.
The Asia Pacific zone (APZ) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) comprises the zone office in Kuala Lumpur, four regional offices in Suva (Pacific), Bangkok (Southeast Asia), Delhi (South Asia) and Beijing (East Asia) and 12 country offices, adopting a “best-positioned” strategy to support the national societies (NSs) in the zone according to their needs. Through this decentralized management structure, the Asia Pacific zone office directs the work of the regional and country offices.
The Director’s Letter
Col. Joseph Martin, USAF
Tropical Storm Jangmi formed in the east of Mindanao on 28 Dec, intensifying as it made landfall in Hinatuan municipality, Surigao del Sur province (Region XIII), on 29 Dec. The storm made a total of five landfalls and then weakened into a low pressure area as it passed south of Palawan and exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the early morning of 2 Jan. Jangmi affected about 486,900 people across seven regions (IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and XIII). The death toll stands at 54 with 40 injured and 7 missing.
TS Hagupit (local name Ruby) left the Philippines Area of Responsibility on 10 Dec. As of 14 Dec, Hagupit affected nearly 3.9 million people in Regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, CARAGA and NCR. Nearly 172,000 people are being assisted inside and outside 463 evacuation centers. 18 deaths were reported in regions IV-A, IV-B, VII and VIII. 916 injuries were reported.
The Government is responding to the situation, with in-country humanitarian organizations coordinating with the Government response mechanisms.
Continuing Sri Lanka's assistance to Maldives to address ongoing water crisis in the capital, Male, Sri Lanka Air Force in a special humanitarian operation transported essential spares and accessories by air for the repairs of desalination facility in Male, yesterday (11th Dec).
As the quantity was not feasible to dispatch on a commercial flight, acceding to a request made by the Government of Maldives, President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed the SLAF to undertake the transport of the equipment from Singapore to Maldives on an urgent basis.
The Sri Lankan government has flown the first shipment of 100,000 water bottles to the Maldives Friday to alleviate the water crisis in the city of Male' after a fire broke out in the water treatment plant shut down the water supply to the city.
The first shipment of the water bottles which included 6.5 tons of water have been flown to the Maldives in a SriLankan Airlines aircraft, Friday night.
The Maldivian Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lanka is sending emergency water supplies via every flight that comes from Colombo to the Maldives.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has appealed for the support and cooperation of the Maldivian public in resolving the national crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC). The President made this appeal, while speaking at a press conference held this evening at the President’s office, regarding the issue.
In a statement issued today, President Abdulla Yameen Abduul Gayoom has appealed to the Maldivian public to remain patient and united, while working with the Government to resolve the national crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC). Additionally, President Yameen reassured the Maldivian people that a steady and adequate supply of bottled water would be made available until the crisis is resolved.
The Government of Sri Lanka commenced delivery of drinking water to the Maldivian capital Malé by the evening of 5th December. Malé is facing a severe shortage of drinking water, following a fire on the previous day at its sole water purification plant which disrupted the water supply to the city, and prompted the authorities to declare a "disaster situation." Malé is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and is home to over 100,000 people, being approximately one third of the total population of the Maldives.
Tropical Cyclone Hagupit (Ruby) has weakened while traversing the Sibuyan Sea and is currently classified as a Tropical Storm.
A fire broke out on Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 13:40 hr inside the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC)’s Generator Unit and has disrupted Male’ City’s water supply. Due to lack of technical expertise, spare parts is not available in the country and have to be sourced from other countries, the resume of water supplies is likely to take at least one week.
In this issue:
Comfort makes better Doctors Lessons learned during the Haiti medical response that can enable other organizations
One Drop at a Time Sri Lankan hospitals find life-saving water solution
From the Ashes The city of Higashi Matsushima, Japan rebuilds after tsunami
Advancing the Agenda Urban Risk Reduction in Bangladesh
Interview with Richard Hough U.S. Agency for International Development
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