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31 Dec 2004 description


The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.
In Brief

Revised Preliminary Appeal No. 28/2004; Operations Update no. 4;

Period covered: 30-31 December, 2004; Appeal coverage: provisionally 99.2%

Appeal history

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

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

31 Dec 2004 description

Period Covered 30th to the 31th December, 2004
Date of transmission: 31th December, 2004 20:00 hrs
Key Developments

  • WHO has mobilized 190 New Emergency Health Kits to cover essential medicine needs of 2 million people for three months - delivery will be complete by mid-January

  • Nine kits are being distributed in the region

  • 140 other kits (diarrhoea, surgical) have been mobilized

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

31 December 2004 - With governments and international organizations having increased their combined pledges to help the victims of last Sunday's Asian tsunami to between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today that the biggest challenge is now overcoming the logistics of distributing aid and relief supplies to the hardest-hit areas.

After meeting at UN Headquarters in New York with United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, Mr.

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

Relief workers faced hurdles both from South Asian governments and the people they were trying to reach Friday, with bureaucratic delays and robbery reported on the sixth day after a massive earthquake and tidal waves devastated the region.

Officials said more than 130,000 people were believed to have died in Indonesia and Sri Lanka alone - the two nations hardest hit five days ago by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tidal waves.

Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari confirmed Friday the death toll in his country would pass 100,000. The government said the toll keeps …

31 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

HONG KONG, Dec 31, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Relief are gearing up for the regions that were hit worst by a powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunamis last Sunday as the death toll is rolling up over 130,000 while thousands of the injured and other survivors along the coasts are badly in need of medicine, food and water.

31 Dec 2004 description

Principaux éléments de l'intervention du Commissaire Michel

  • Il s'agit d'un désastre sans précédent en termes de bilan humain et matériel. Plus de 110.000 morts, des milliers de disparus, plus de cinq millions de sans-abri et de déplacés. Des milliards d'Euro de dégâts. Le bilan humain risque d'être encore plus lourd si les épidémies se propagent et si l'aide n'est pas apportée rapidement aux victimes.

  • Une catastrophe sans précédent requiert une réponse sans précédent. La solidarité humaine doit jouer au niveau mondial.
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.

31 Dec 2004 description
report Oxfam

José María Vera: "=BFPor qué el Gobierno español da el 90% en créditos cuando el resto de países ofrece donaciones y condonación de deuda?"

Intermón Oxfam considera que la respuesta económica del Gobierno español a los países afectados por el tsunami del Océano Índico no cumple las expectativas y corre el riesgo de caer en los mismos errores de antes, sobre todo porque las ayudas ofrecidas por el Gobierno emplean el mecanismo FAD, son fondos reembolsables y, en gran medida, ligados a la adquisición de productos españoles.

El 90% de la ayuda oficial española …

31 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

CAIRO, Dec 31, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Egypt will send an urgent relief aid to Asian countries hit by tsunamis, the Cairo Press Review reported Friday.

Government spokesman Magdy Rady was quoted as saying the aid will be mainly sent to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Maldives, adding the cabinet has coordinated with the foreign and health ministries to dispatch a medical team, medicine and foodstuff to the countries.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan described the disaster as "an unprecedented global catastrophe" and called for "an unprecedented global response."

He …

31 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Dec 31, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Premier Wen Jiabao announced here Friday that China will add an additional 500 million yuan (60.46 million US dollars) of humanitarian aid to the Indian Ocean tsunami victims.

Wen made the announcement while meeting with diplomatic envoys from the tsunami-hit South and Southeast Asian countries and representatives of some international organizations in Beijing.

China has sent out a rescue team and more rescuers are available when needed by disaster-hit countries, Wen said.

Chinese people are very much concerned with the catastrophe and …

31 Dec 2004 description

Jakarta (dpa) - Leaders of the Asian countries ravaged by last Sunday's earthquake and tsunami will meet in the Indonesian capital next week to discuss ways to help with relief efforts, an Indonesian senior minister said Friday.

Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda told reporters that Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are all supporting the plan, which will also bring leaders or special representatives from 23 countries, including China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, as well as the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).

31 Dec 2004 description

Initially Sweden is setting aside some SEK 500 million for assistance to the disaster-hit areas in Asia. The terrible scale of the disaster is still not known and we must be prepared to contribute in every way we can, says Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jämtin.

31 Dec 2004 description

As new information provides a clearer picture of the full extent of the Indian Ocean disaster Australia will continue to increase its support for the international relief effort.

The enormity of this tragedy continues to grow.

31 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Dec 31, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Uganda Red Cross has launched an appeal for aid to support the victims of the tsunami disaster in Asia where the death toll is feared to be over 115,000, reported local press on Friday.

The appeal was contained in a statement issued responding to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescents Societies to raise 50 million Swiss francs (about 44 million US dollars).

The statement also said the Uganda Red Cross has set up an information desk through which people could link up with family, friends and relatives in the …