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18 Dec 2014 description

Listen Ten years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami, we remember how the world worked together to rebuild shattered lives and communities.

Monday December 22, 2014

The tsunami that cut a swathe of destruction across the Indian Ocean 10 years ago, also gave rise to one of the world's biggest relief and recovery efforts.

22 Dec 2009 description

On the fifth anniversary of the devastating Boxing Day tsunamis, Australian Red Cross is in the final stages of recovery work, which has involved the construction of thousands of homes across the region, and the rebuilding of livelihoods and local economies.

In Indonesia, Red Cross has finished building more than 1600 homes for tsunami survivors, complete with vital infrastructure such as roads, healthcare and clean water. Construction has also been a focus in Sri Lanka, where Red Cross has completed major water and sanitation projects.

25 Jun 2007 description

Australian Red Cross has been working in Sri Lanka responding to the needs of tsunami survivors and communities since December 2004. This has included work in the northern districts of Jaffna and Kilinochchi and in Ampara in the east, areas with significant Tamil and Muslim populations.

In August 2006 hostilities between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) and the Sri Lankan Army escalated in northern Sri Lanka. Many people who were participating in and delivering Australian Red Cross programs were forced to evacuate to alternate locations.

18 Dec 2006 description

Governments, aid agencies and humanitarian actors must spend twice as much on disaster preparedness activities that could save millions of lives, says Robert Tickner, CEO of Australian Red Cross.

Almost two years on from the devastating Indian Ocean tsunamis that killed more than 200,000 people, Mr Tickner said the lessons had not been fully heeded.

'Although it is at the heart of all our relief and reconstruction work in tsunami-affected areas, risk reduction must become a high priority in disaster-prone areas right around the world,' he said.

According to the …

17 Oct 2006 description

During early August hostilities between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan Army escalated in the Jaffna district of Northern Sri Lanka. Though some staff had been at project sites when hostilities broke out nearby, all Australian Red Cross international and local staff, as well as daily labourers were quickly accounted for.

Due to the dangers posed to staff and difficulty accessing project sites as a result of widespread curfews and fighting, Australian Red Cross staff have temporarily suspended field activities in and around Jaffna.

20 Sep 2006 description

Story and photos by Byron Pakula

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami took with it far more than houses, schools, hospitals, and lives. Some of the most vulnerable people in Sri Lanka lost one of their most valuable assets: their sight.

28 Jun 2006 description

Johan Schaar--Special Representative to the Tsunami Operation- International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies

26 Dec 2005 description

Australian Red Cross is predicting that the pace of expenditure will increase in the coming year to help restore communities shattered by the Boxing Day Quake and tsunami one year ago.

02 Sep 2005 description

Thanks to the unprecedented generosity of the Australian community, total revenue raised by the Australian Red Cross Asia Quake and Tsunamis Appeal stands at $113.8 million (at 2 September 2005).

04 Jul 2005 description

Leanne McKenry (Vic) has recently returned from a three month stint as a senior ward nurse with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in tsunami-affected Sri Lanka.

Leanne was a part of an ICRC team that provided assistance as well as technical and material support to the local staff at Puthukkudiyiruppu rural hospital, just outside of Batticaloa on the North East Coast of the country.

Any idea that Leanne may have had of slowly easing into the role went immediately out the door, as within a week of her arrival, she was promoted from ward nurse to head nurse.

Leanne …

23 Jun 2005 description

The International Red Cross has so far helped some 840,000 people with vital aid and support including food, medical assistance, safe water, shelter and clothing since the devastating Boxing Day quake and tsunamis last year.

The CEO of Australian Red Cross, Robert Tickner said today the expenditure of the global humanitarian organisation to date was more than $460 million in the first six-months of arguably the largest emergency relief effort ever mounted.

However, Mr Tickner cautioned the real task of long-term recovery and rebuilding shattered lives would take up to a …

14 Jun 2005 description

Darwin aid worker Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick, 28, heads to tsunami-devastated Sri Lanka later this week for six-months with a message for Australians - supporting tsunami-affected communities is a long haul operation likely to last up to a decade.

Ms Fitzpatrick's years of experience as a logistician will be put to good use to ensure relief supplies needed to build schools, health care centres and thousands of homes get to where they are needed so that Red Cross can empower vulnerable people, restore hope as well as dignity.

'This is my first humanitarian mission with Red Cross.

12 Apr 2005 description

by David Fair, Australian Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Programs Coordinator, Sri Lanka

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an official Red Cross report from the field, it is not an assessment of the situation in affected countries, and does not aim to depict the full situation, the conditions on the ground and the full extent of the needs of people affected. The intention of this story is to give readers a broad view of only some of the areas and some of the issues the survivors of the tsunamis face, or to portray only some of the activities carried out by the Red Cross in support of the affected …

05 Apr 2005 description

The Red Cross and Red Crescent continue to work with the tsunami-affected communities across twelve countries in Asia and Africa.

According to the authorities, the disaster left more than 286,000 people dead, 7,900 missing and more than 1.6 million displaced in a dozen countries of south Asia and eastern Africa.

The massive relief operation - the largest in living memory - shows no sign of abating.

29 Mar 2005 description

Today's massive earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra is a timely and sobering reminder of the difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions that Red Cross and Red Crescent aid workers in Aceh, seven of which are Australian, are constantly having to endure to get vital humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people affected by last December's devastating quake and tsunami.

'Working in a disaster zone is dangerous, difficult and more often that not, very challenging,' said Robert Tickner, Secretary General - CEO of Australian Red …

24 Mar 2005 description

Helping survivors overcome trauma of having lost loved ones, rebuilding homes and livelihoods and preparing the communities to respond better to future disasters are at the heart of the Australian Red Cross medium and long term plans for tsunami affected population.

The unprecedented generosity of the Australian public enables the Red Cross to put into place a broad range of vital, sustainable programs that will assist the traumatized population to recover from the immense loss they suffered, regain their dignity and put their lives back together.

"Three months on, the Red Cross …

18 Mar 2005 description

Australian Red Cross will officially close its Asia Quake and Tsunamis Appeal on March 31.

08 Mar 2005 description

As weeks to turn months, the Red Cross and Red Crescent continue to work with the tsunami-affected communities across twelve countries in Asia and Africa.

According to the authorities, the disaster left more than 286,000 people dead, 7,900 missing and more than 1.6 million displaced in a dozen countries of south Asia and eastern Africa.

The massive relief operation - the largest in living memory - shows no sign of abating.

01 Mar 2005 description

In the light of recent isolated media reports alleging incorrectly that there will be a "Ten-year wait for tsunami victims", Australian Red Cross is issuing this statement.

The suggestion that those affected by the tsunami will wait for ten years to receive aid is completely false. From the start of the crisis Australian Red Cross has joined International Red Cross in mounting a massive relief operation to support the people affected throughout the region devastated by the tsunami.

"In the first 30 days, the Red Cross reached some 500,000 affected people, delivering …

21 Feb 2005 description

Thanks to the unprecedented generosity of the Australian community, Australian Red Cross has, at 21 February 2005, raised more than $97 million and is winding down its Asia Quake and Tsunamis Appeal.

The newly appointed Secretary General of Australian Red Cross, Robert Tickner, has said the organisation will fulfil its commitments to current and scheduled fundraising activities.

Since the beginning of the disaster, Red Cross has provided aid to over 500,000 people affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Australian Red Cross has already sent $24 million of the funds …