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On the morning of Sunday 26 December a severe earthquake in the ocean off the coast of northern Sumatra caused tsunamis (tidal waves) that devastated communities in neighbouring countries and other countries in the Indian Ocean. The earthquake measured 9.0 on the Richter Scale, the world's most severe in 40 years.
On December the 26th the world witnessed one of the greatest natural disasters in recent history. We mourn together with the families of those who died and send our condolences and thoughts to the nations affected by this enormous tragedy.
Special Asian Leaders' Meeting, Jakarta, 6 January 2005
The damage brought by this terrible disaster has shocked the world.
Brussels, 6 January 2005 - Speaking at the "Special ASEAN Leaders' Meeting on the Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami" in Jakarta today, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, announced an additional package of up to € 450 million in humanitarian and reconstruction aid to help in the relief efforts following the Asian Tsunami disaster. This will bring the total support from the European Union (25 EU Member States + European Commission) around € 1.5 billion, or about US$ 2 billion.
Long-term Red Cross and Red Crescent assistance to Asian communities devastated by the tsunami on 26 December will amount to more than 650 million Swiss francs (€ 419 million or US$ 556 million), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies announced today
Pretoria - The Minister of Finance, Mr TA Manuel, today announced that twelve 20 foot containers of clothing and footwear will be donated to the victims of the recent Tsunami in South East Asia by the South African Government.
WER is partnering with other UK Christian Charities to launch an appeal to raise funds for disaster victims of the Asian Tsunami. The appeal entitled 'A Christian Response' is a co-ordinated effort to ensure that aid is delivered effectively to those in need.
Press Release No. 05/01
as at 14.00 hrs 04 January 2005
The sitrep covers the period since 19.00 Tuesday 3 January, plus a roundup of key statistics and DFID action since the start of the crisis.
AT A GLANCE
For Indonesia, a growing realisation that we could be facing a much greater number of displaced than are currently recorded.
More American ships en route to help in Operation United Assistance
By Rebecca Ford Mitchell, Washington File Staff Writer
Washington - The United States expects to double the number of helicopters it has sent to the tsunami-ravaged region on the shores of the Indian Ocean in Operation United Assistance, said the head of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) in a January 4 Pentagon briefing.
Admiral Thomas Fargo, PACOM commander, said this intent underscores the importance of vertical lift in an area where many roads are impassible and dozens of bridges have been destroyed.
as at 19.00 hrs 03 January 2005
AT A GLANCE
- With relief arriving in increasing quantities, top priorities are to:
- Get coordination mechanisms fully operational.
- Complete assessments, particularly in Aceh and Sri Lanka.
- Unblock logistic bottlenecks.
- Ensure the right key personnel are in place.
- Aftershock earthquakes continue - registering 5.9 on Richter scale on 1 and 2 January.
- UN requests UK to provide more aircraft for strategic airlifting.
- DFID urgently seeking clearer picture of impact on west coast of …
as at 19.00 hrs 02 January 2005
Note: Updated status reports on each country, and on action taken by selected organisations, are maintained by the CHAD Operations Room and are available on request. The sitrep now covers the past 24 hours, plus a roundup of key statistics and DFID action since the start of the crisis.
AT A GLANCE
- In Aceh, assessments still incomplete. Coordination improving but still very weak. Aid arriving in Aceh.
as at 19.00 hrs 01 January 2005
Note: Updated status reports on each country, and on action taken by selected organisations, are maintained by the CHAD Operations Room and are available on request.
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
NUMBERS AT A GLANCE
|Indonesia||80,000 dead ****||500,000 displaced =A7|
1 to 3 million affected***
|Sri Lanka1||28,508 ****(official) to 41,000*|