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29 Jun 2005 description

Sydney, Indonesia-Relief -- Australian journalists covering the six months review of how Australian public donations of A$315 million are being used since the Boxing Day tsunamis found a ready critic in AidWatch's Tim O'Connor, who noted only about A$100m had been spent on immediate relief, leaving the rest earning interest in banks as aid organisations waited on various delays affecting reconstruction efforts.

27 Jun 2005 description
report Global IDP Project

The internal displacement crisis in Burma affects mainly ethnic minority groups, and is particularly acute along the border with Thailand. The military regime's objective of increasing control over minority areas through a policy of forced assimilation and repression of autonomy movements has resulted in decades of conflict that has devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians. The largest concentration of internally displaced people (IDPs) is found among the Karen, Karenni, Shan and Mon ethnic groups in Eastern Burma.

25 Jun 2005 description
report Oxfam

Introduction

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.

25 Jun 2005 description

Jakarta, Indonesia-Relief -- The Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development Andrew Natsios said US Government has disbursed the $901 million fund to help countries affected by tsunami. But Usaid will use only $656 million on reconstruction and rehabilitation. The remaining $245 allocated to reimburse US military relief operation in tsunami-affected countries, and another $131 million to reimburse money already spent by Usaid.

24 Jun 2005 description
report Merlin

Six months on after the tsunami, Merlin, the UK-based medical relief and health care charity, is pleased to have contributed to the prevention of major disease outbreaks in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

To highlight some of our key achievements, we are releasing a new video today on our tsunami response during the relief phase.

24 Jun 2005 description

By Douglas Bakshian

LUXEMBOURG, June 24 (Reuters) - Despite the historic size of relief efforts, it will take as long as 10 years to rebuild what was destroyed in the tsunami that hit Asia last year, the United Nations said on Friday.

"It took between five and 10 seconds to destroy thousands of communities. Five to 10 seconds to wipe away 225,000 people," U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told a news conference.

"It will take five to 10 years to rebuild all that was lost.

24 Jun 2005 description

This week 's report covers the following sectors/countries:

Sectors: Agriculture, Education, Food, Health, Mine Action, Protection / Human Rights / Rule of Law, Refugees and IDPs, Security, Shelter and Non-food Items, Water & Sanitation

This report includes:

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East,Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan (2) Iran (3) Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (4) Pakistan

(C) East & Central Africa: (1) Burundi (2) Congo, DR (3) Djibouti (4) Eritrea (5) Ethiopia (6) Kenya (7) Rwanda (8) Somalia (9) Sudan (10) Tanzania (11) Uganda

(D) West Africa: …

23 Jun 2005 description

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

Bangladesh 2
East Africa 164* 139**
India 12,407 3,874
Indonesia 131,029 37,000
Malaysia 69 5
Maldives 82 26
Myanmar 61
Sri Lanka 38,940***

23 Jun 2005 description
report Oxfam

Aunque el enorme esfuerzo de reconstrucción avanza, Intermón Oxfam advierte del riesgo de que la ayuda no llegue a los más vulnerables

"Es evidente que en la fase de emergencia la ayuda ha llegado con rapidez y eficacia", explica la cooperante de Intermón Oxfam, Carmen Rodríguez, que se encuentra ahora mismo en la India, "pero en estos momentos tenemos que garantizar que los sectores más marginados de la población, como los dálits (la casta más baja en la india) y las mujeres, puedan hacer escuchar su voz sobre el tipo de ayuda que necesitan, y la reciban efectivamente …

23 Jun 2005 description

Geneva, June 23, 2005 - First, the tremors came-in some places so slight that people hardly took notice. Then the ocean pulled back in Indonesia, in Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka and India. Some people say it was as though, for a moment, time stood still. Then, with unimaginable force, the waves slammed into the coastline, roaring inland for kilometers.

22 Jun 2005 description


Images of the human and physical devastation caused by the earthquake on the ocean floor near Sumatra, Indonesia and subsequent tsunami on December 26th 2004 were transmitted around the world and were the catalyst for unprecedented levels of individual and corporate philanthropy.

Over £350 million was donated to the DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal. This fund has already helped save lives and is now being used to rebuild communities and the livelihoods of those affected.

22 Jun 2005 description

BANGKOK: Having launched one of the most complex emergency operations in its history, during which it delivered food, medicine and even helped evacuate the injured, the UN World Food Programme has shifted focus to long-term recovery.

22 Jun 2005 description

Executive Summary

The tsunami disaster claimed 280,000 lives, nearly two million people were displaced and more than five million people affected. There is no question that some areas were much more severely affected by the earthquakes and tsunami waves than others, or that the nature of these effects differed from place to place on the basis of local context.

This report covers eight of these countries, with varying levels of detail: India (both the mainland and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Maldives, Myanmar and Somalia.

22 Jun 2005 description
report Oxfam

On the eve of the London meeting of G8 Foreign Ministers (23-24 June), where Ministers will discuss the possible adoption of an Arms Trade Treaty, a new report reveals how the G8 countries are still supplying military equipment, weapons and munitions to destinations where they contribute to gross violations of human rights. G8 weapons have been exported to countries including Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), the Republic of Congo, Colombia and the Philippines.