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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.
"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.
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.
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