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31 Dec 2004 description

Period Covered 28th to the 29th December, 2004

Date of transmission: 29th December, 2004 20:00 hrs

Key Developments

  • WHO offices are fully mobilsed across the region, with 24 hour crises centres opened in New Delhi and Geneva

  • WHO country offices are being strengthened as public health specialist and supplies are sent from regional and headquarter office (s)

  • Needs assessments under way, health sector co-ordination and response plans are being developed

31 Dec 2004 description

Main elements of Mr Michel's presentation :

  • This is an unprecedented disaster both in terms of human suffering and the physical damage wrought: more than 110,000 dead, many thousands more missing, five million plus homeless and displaced, damage running into billions of Euros. The human toll could be a lot worse if epidemics occur and aid is not delivered to the victims as rapidly as possible.

  • An unprecedented catastrophe requires an unprecedented response. There must be human solidarity at the global level.

31 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

From water storage tanks in India to safe delivery kits for pregnant women in the Maldives to fishery experts in Indonesia, the massive United Nations relief operation for the victims of the Asia's devastating tsunami today continued to address a vast spectrum of needs, both general and specific, giant and small.

In what is shaping up as the largest ever UN relief effort for a natural disaster, the world body has deployed five parallel operations to tend to the needs of nearly a dozen countries struck by the catastrophe, which killed at least 120,000 people, injured half a million …

31 Dec 2004 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0196
OCHA Situation Report No. 8
Earthquake and Tsunami
Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Seychelles, Somalia

  • Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, the Special Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance to Tsunami affected communities left on 31 December 2004 to carry out missions in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia, Thailand and India.
31 Dec 2004 description
report InterAction

December 30, 2004 - Eight south Asian nations have been adversely affected by Sunday’s 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis (tidal waves). The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years struck deep under the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Sumatra early Dec. 26, triggering tidal waves up to 20 feet high. Over 120,000 people have lost their lives and untold millions have been left without food, shelter and safe drinking water.

30 Dec 2004 description


Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0195
OCHA Situation Report No. 7
Earthquake and Tsunami
India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Seychelles, Somalia

Preliminary estimates on requirements were presented on 29 December 2004 by a number of UN Country Teams in Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka for an immediate USD 130 million. A consolidated regional UN Flash Appeal is scheduled to be launched next week.

(The figures quoted in this report are official government figures).

INDIA

Situation

29 Dec 2004 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0195
OCHA Situation Report No. 7
Earthquake and Tsunami
India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Seychelles, Somalia

Preliminary estimates on requirements were presented on 29 December 2004 by a number of UN Country Teams in Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka for an immediate USD 130 million. A consolidated regional UN Flash Appeal is scheduled to be launched next week.

(The figures quoted in this report are official government figures).

INDIA

Situation

29 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

As the United Nations system moves into high gear to identify the immediate needs of the countries devastated by the South Asian tsunami that has reportedly claimed nearly 70,000 lives and affected millions more, initial actions have been tailored to help each of the worst-hit nations.

Sri Lanka - The World Food Programme (WFP), which says at least 1 million people have been displaced from their homes, is providing food aid for 500,000 people for two weeks.

29 Dec 2004 description

Poor farming and fishing communities need urgent assistance to restart productive activities

29 Dec 2004 description

Calls Indian Ocean disaster, loss of lives "beyond our comprehension"

President George W. Bush has provided details of U.S.

29 Dec 2004 description

Three days after the earthquake and tsunamis hit extensive areas of Asia and even East African coasts, the death toll continues to rise. Sources coincide in a figure of around 45,000 deaths with massive population displacements and enormous loss of livelihoods, homes, infrastructure and hard-earned development gains in many countries including India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Preliminary reports indicate that there may be some level of impact in other places such as the Seychelles.