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06 Oct 2011 description

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.

25 Dec 2009 description

LONDON, Dec 25 (Reuters) - For more than 40 years, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) has been alerting countries in the Pacific region to the dangers of killer waves.

Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed almost 230,000 people, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) began coordinating efforts to create an Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system.

Before 2004, there were no sea-level monitoring instruments in the Indian Ocean and many countries did not have agencies responsible for tsunami warnings or points of contact to …

14 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period of 1 May through 30 September 2009, but reports cumulative totals from December 2004 onwards.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society groups to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

About this report:

This is the seventh International Federation-wide tsunami progress report, with …

24 Apr 2009 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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.

07 Oct 2008 description

Watch the Press Conference

"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.

14 Dec 2007 description

The International Federation's Global Agenda (2006-2010)

Over the next five years, the collective focus of the Federation will be on achieving the following goals and priorities:

Our goals

Goal 1: Reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

Goal 2: Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

Goal 3: Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

Goal 4: Promote respect for diversity and human dignity, and reduce …

12 Dec 2006 description
Donor Report - 12 December 2006

FOREWORD

The Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that struck on 26 December 2004 created an unprecedented challenge for the United Nations and the world at large. At the same time, it started a new era of increased cooperation in response in the humanitarian sector.

21 Sep 2006 description

New York - The Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery (OSE), in partnership with the World Conservation Union (IUCN), hosted a high-level gathering on September 12 to discuss IUCN's "Mangroves for the Future" Initiative (MFF) at UN headquarters in New York.

The Mangroves for the Future Initiative will improve the security and livelihoods of those in the tsunami-affected countries in the Indian Ocean region by conserving mangroves and other natural ecosystems.

24 Mar 2006 description

This fact sheet is the first in a short series where the tsunami operation in a specific country is given particular focus.

Country in focus: The Maldives

The Maldives is unique in many ways - its surface is 99 per cent water, no point is more than 2.4 metres above seal level. The population of 270,000 is spread over 200 inhabited islands, among 1,190 in the archipelago. The capital Male' squeezes 85,000 people into two square kilometres, making the Maldives a country with one the highest - as well as the lowest - population densities in the world.

21 Feb 2006 description

Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement cooperation - fitting together the pieces of a complex humanitarian response

23 Dec 2005 description

SINGAPORE, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Around $13.6 billion has been pledged by donors around the world to rebuild Indian Ocean countries after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami, which killed 231,452 people, the U.N. Envoy for Tsunami Recovery says.

22 Dec 2005 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.

06 Sep 2005 description

Overview

  • A total of 181 000 people have been confirmed dead in the tsunami and more than 45 000 people are still missing.

  • In Indonesia alone, a staggering 127 000 people lost their lives.

  • A total of 1.5 million people lost their homes.