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Almost seven years after the devastating tsunami of 2004, more than 20 nations* will participate on 12 October in a full-scale exercise to test the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. This exercise, organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, will also see responsibility for the issue of advisories handed over to the countries of the region through a new regional tsunami advisory service.
In the years and months that have gone by since the devastating Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004, the affected communities - from Banda Aceh to Batticaloa, Puntland to Phang Nga, Noonu to Nagapattinam - have seen both tragedy and triumph.
Independent, local media can improve humanitarian relief and enable people in the midst of crisis to take an active role in their own survival and recovery. In the past 20 years, the humanitarian community has dramatically improved the way relief is provided to people caught up in disasters and crises. However, much more could be done to keep those most affected by disaster informed of assistance efforts and able to engage in the relief process.
The first priority for humanitarian organizations is to provide services and critical aid.
"Making hospitals safe from disaster" was the theme of tomorrow's International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, John Holmes, said this afternoon at a Headquarters press conference to make the announcement.
The second Wednesday of October was designated in 1989 to be the International Day, Mr. Holmes went on.
Recovering women's livelihoods together
SRI LANKA: More than 30,000 people were killed and 550,000 lost their homes when the 2004 tsunami hit Sri Lanka.
Two years later, people are still struggling. As well as losing family and friends, many survivors lost their farms, businesses, and even simple tools of trade, like hoes and weaving equipment. Earning an income has become difficult.
In partnership with ActionAid International and Women and Child Care Organisation (WACCO), Austcare is contributing to a livelihood recovery project for tsunami-affected women living in …
A message from the ACT Coordinating Office
By Michael Flint and Hugh Goyder
SINGAPORE, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Around $13.6 billion has been pledged by donors around the world to rebuild Indian Ocean countries after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami, which killed 231,452 people, the U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery says.
On December 26, 2004, the world witnessed one of the deadliest natural disasters in recent history. Leaving hundreds of thousands dead and destroying homes, schools and livelihoods in more than a dozen countries, the tsunami left millions in Asia and East Africa with shattered lives and the challenge of recovery for decades to come.
While the tsunami left inconceivable death, destruction and suffering in its wake, it also prompted unparalleled human kindness and generosity. In the United States and worldwide, public concern for tsunami survivors was overwhelming.
1. Health and Care
Progress on known and planned health and care projects of partner national societies operational in Indonesia:
Phuket, Thailand, 5 May 2005: There is evidence that the Tsunami killed more women than men, said experts, at a press briefing at the conference on 'Health aspects of the Tsunami in Asia'. As women play a key nurturing role in most of the affected countries, their deaths have left many families, particularly children, very vulnerable.
COPE -- Corporate Partnership in Emergencies -- facilitates the matching of the private sector's voluntary contributions with the needs of communities hit by natural disasters or humanitarian crises. COPE enables corporations, with their efficient business approach and expertise, to play a vital part in crisis and disaster recovery throughout the world.
The first challenge COPE is taking on is the tsunami catastrophe that struck Indian Ocean countries in late December. Coastal communities that suffered great loss of lives and damage need sustained help as well as immediate relief.
It is essential that communities devastated by the tsunami three months ago are at the heart of decisions that affect their long-term recovery and rehabilitation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest community-based humanitarian network, said today.
"Programmes implemented without the consultation of affected communities are doomed to fail," underlined Federation Secretary General Markku Niskala.
BEIJING, Jan 31, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Millions of US dollars worth Chinese aid pledge to tsunami-hit countries have been mostly fulfilled so far, a Chinese official said here on Monday.
The aid involves a 21.6 million yuan (about 2.6 million US dollars) worth of emergency aid, 500 million yuan worth of damage- relief aid and a 20 million US dollars aid for multi-lateral assistance, according to Chong Quan, spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
The 21.6 million yuan worth of emergency aid has all been delivered so far and over half of the 500 million yuan has been used …
What is asbestos?
As the response to the tsunami situation continues, some NGOs are receiving offers of material aid that are unsuitable for their programmes.
The Global Hand network is on standby to help with precisely this dilemma.
Introduction in brief
Global Hand provides a matching service linking the corporate and NGO arenas, particularly in relation to product placement. If NGOs are offered donated goods they do not want, they are invited to refer donors to Global Hand.