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31 Dec 2004 description

as at 19.00 hrs 31 December 2004

This report covers key issues, developments, DFID responses to date, planned responses and UN and Red Cross/Crescent actions.

KEY ISSUES

- A key DFID objective at this stage is to provide capacity for the UN to become fully operational. Aceh is assessed to be a particularly urgent need in this respect. Ms Wahlstrom, UN Special Coordinator for the crisis, has called for military support to provide infrastructure necessary for UN teams to operate.

- DFID received 40 concept notes from humanitarian agencies by today's deadline.

31 Dec 2004 description

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for International Development, today offered to assist the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in transporting any items purchased from the Tsunami Earthquake Appeal to affected people in Asia.

30 Dec 2004 description

07.00 hrs 30 December 2004

KEY ISSUES

- Hilary Benn, Secretary of State yesterday announced an initial £15 million for immediate humanitarian response in the region.

- The US is dispatching a Marine expeditionary unit, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, and the Maritime pre-position squadron from Guam to the area to help with relief efforts. The US, in conjunction with Japan, India and Australia are looking to build and international coalition for immediate humanitarian relief and long-term recovery.

30 Dec 2004 description

The UK government today announced a further £35 million to help the victims of the Asian earthquake that struck on Boxing Day. This brings the UK's total contribution to £50 million, making the UK the largest bilateral donor to the relief effort.

International Development Secretary Hilary Benn today said:

"We have looked at the initial assessments from our teams on the ground. We have also received financial appeals from the Red Cross, the UN and from a large number of UK aid agencies.

29 Dec 2004 description

06.00 hrs 29 December 2004

KEY ISSUES

- The Government of Indonesia has declared a national disaster but has not called for international assistance. Increased access to affected regions approved, assessments underway.

- The Government of the Maldives has declared a national disaster and has requested international assistance "for environmental disaster".

- The Government of Sri Lanka has declared a national disaster and has requested international assistance.

29 Dec 2004 description

19:00 hrs 29 December 2004

KEY ISSUES

- Secretary of State announces an initial £15 million for immediate humanitarian response in the region.

- The US is dispatching a Marine expeditionary unit, the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, and the Maritime pre-position squadron from Guam to the area to help with relief efforts. The US, in conjunction with Japan, India and Australia are looking to build an international coalition for immediate humanitarian relief and long-term recovery.