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Today, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Thomson Reuters Foundation announce the launch of a new multimedia web documentary - "Surviving the Tsunami: Stories of Hope" - produced jointly to mark the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami - recognised as the worst natural disaster in living memory.
Combining powerful imagery by award-winning Reuters photojournalists with eyewitness testimony from four people whose lives were dramatically changed by the tsunami, the documentary reveals the strength of the human spirit in the …
Five years ago, on 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra created a tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean. Millions of people around the world watched in horror as the aftermath of the biggest single natural disaster in living memory unfolded on their television screens.
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It was 2 a.m. at the United Nations Geneva headquarters when the news broke on 26 December, 2004 - a massive earthquake had rocked the floor bed of the Indian Ocean.
Item 55 (c) of the provisional agenda*
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Women were particularly hit hard, but played a crucial role in disaster risk reduction
New York - To better respond to natural disasters, governments should invest more in risk reduction for vulnerable communities and make sure to reflect gender concerns in the recovery processes, says a report presented today at the United Nations. Involving local communities in the recovery process, according to "The Tsunami Legacy: Innovation, Breakthroughs and Change" report, is as instrumental as installing …
Four years on, tremendous improvements can be seen
By Jane O'Brien
NEW YORK, USA, 23 December 2008 - The 2004 tsunami left a wake of devastation that stretched across the Indian Ocean. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed. Many more were made homeless.
Four years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, some of the most important aspects of recovery are the least visible. The Red Cross Red Crescent programmes support communities in rebuilding their lives now and coping with future threats - natural disasters, the effects of climate change, outbreaks of disease, conflict or the rapid rise in the cost of food and fuel.
When livelihoods are secure, children are educated, safe water is plentiful, healthcare is accessible and houses are sturdy, then people are less exposed to future shocks.
Depuis deux ans, les délégués de la Croix-Rouge française s'emploient à reconstruire la vie et les moyens de subsistance des victimes du tsunami dans l'Océan indien.
In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.
About this report
This report presents the results of the cumulative and collective effort of the International Federation and its members in supporting the recovery of communities affected by the December 2004 tsunami.
This is an initial report from the Tsunami Evaluation Coalition (TEC). The TEC is a collaborative effort by aid agencies (donor governments’ aid departments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organisations, and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement) to improve humanitarian systems by learning from the response to the earthquake and tsunamis of 26 December 2004. Another aim of the TEC is to provide some accountability for the humanitarian system to both the giving and receiving publics.
The European Parliament and Council, on Friday 15 July, agreed concrete solutions to finance the reconstruction needs for Tsunami affected countries and assist Slovakia in the wake of floods in the Tatras.
In the six months since the tsunami hit, the relief and reconstruction effort has delivered real progress for the millions of people affected by the disaster. The relief effort helped to stop the outbreak of diseases such as cholera in affected communities, partly through the effective delivery of clean water and sanitation. A predicted massive increase in malnutrition was also prevented through the speedy delivery of food aid.
SINGAPORE, June 23 (Reuters) - The toll of dead and missing six months after the Dec. 26 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami stands at 232,010, according to collated figures from government and health officials.
COUNTRY DEATHS MISSING
East Africa 164* 139**
India 12,407 3,874
Indonesia 131,029 37,000
Malaysia 69 5
Maldives 82 26
Sri Lanka 38,940***
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) released $37 million from the Disaster Relief Fund in the year ending March 31, 2005, to provide immediate relief to people in distress outside Hong Kong.
"There is still time to apply for the government 1:1 subsidy for funds raised for tsunami relief. Anyone who has raised money can apply up till the 14 March. Contact the Council for International Development (CID) if you need any assistance," urged Rae Julian, Executive Director of CID.
By Tara Tharayil
WINNIPEG, Man. -- Low-German speaking Mennonites in Mexico, many of whom are Canadian citizens, have donated nearly $50,000 to tsunami relief through the Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC).
In a letter circulated through churches in Cuauhtemoc, Don Peters, the Executive Director of MCCC, expressed his thanks to the community for their contribution to MCC Canada's tsunami relief effort. "Through this donation," he wrote, "you are in partnership with MCC Canada in its response to the tragedy in Asia."