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31 Mar 2006 description

Post disaster impact assessments in Asia-Pacific

In this issue:

  • Post disaster impact assessment
  • Socio-economic impact of the December 2004 earthquake and indian ocean tsunami
  • Post disaster building damage assessment
  • Damage and loss assessment in agriculture
  • Psychosocial impacts
  • Forgotten vulnerability
  • Gender considerations
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20 Oct 2005 description
report East-West Center

Executive Summary

The tsunami of December 26, 2004 devastated thousands of communities along the coastline of the Indian Ocean. More than 240,000 people were killed. Tens of thousands went missing and are presumed dead, and more than a million people were displaced. Those most affected by the tsunami were the poor, including fi sher folk, coastal workers with small retail or tourist businesses, workers in the tourism industry, migrants, and those who farmed close to coastal areas.

30 Jun 2005 description
SYNTHESE DU FORUM ORGANISE, LE 15 JUIN 2005, A L'INITIATIVE DU
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.

21 Jun 2005 description
report Voice of America

By Michael Bowman

Washington, 21 June 2005 - The devastation and loss of life caused by last December's tsunami triggered the biggest outpouring of financial contributions and the largest mobilization of aid resources the world has seen in response to a natural disaster. But six months later, a significant portion of the more than $6 billion pledged by nations and other donors has yet to materialize.

01 Jun 2005 description

Joint Press Conference
Launch of Tsunami Response Quarterly Report

by Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon. Alexander Downer, MP with the Hon. Bruce Billson MP Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Paul O'Callaghan CEO Australian Council for International Development, Robert Tickner Secretary General Australian Red Cross, Robert Glasser CEO CARE Australia, Jack de Groot National Director Caritas, Andrew Hewett Executive Director Oxfam Australia.

31 May 2005 description

By Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON, May 31 (Reuters) - Funds raised to help survivors of last December's Indian Ocean tsunami are being spent slowly by U.S.

26 May 2005 description
report East-West Center

KIHEI (May 26) - The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) on Maui has been selected to receive a "Special Achievement Award" from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) for its use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. PDC was chosen from among more than 100,000 users of GIS worldwide. The award will be presented at ESRI's International User Conference in San Diego on July 27.

20 May 2005 description

The massive earthquake and tsunami that struck 12 countries in South Asia and Africa claimed the lives of more than 280,000 people. Millions more are homeless and without food, water, medical care or proper sanitation. Refugees International (RI) is using our 25 years of experience with displacement to ensure that the best measures are taken to save -- and rebuild -- these people's lives.

11 May 2005 description

Medical aid agency Medecins Sans Frontiers has offered to return thousands of donations to its international tsunami aid appeal.

The organisation says it raised four times the amount it needed and was obligated to tell donors their money cannot be used for its tsunami response.

In Australia, the agency contacted 4,000 donors offering to redirect the money and about 200 people have opted for refunds amounting to $93,000.

The agency's Australian executive officer Philippe Couturier says he understood their decision.

"Nobody has the right to be disappointed, I mean …

25 Apr 2005 description

All of the $19 million allocated to match $ for $ public fundraising following the Indian Ocean tsunami has now been allocated to New Zealand NGOs and community groups, Aid Minister Marian Hobbs announced today.

"The New Zealand public showed tremendous generosity to the call for public donations to aid victims of the tsunami and I am very pleased that the government was able to recognise that," says Marian Hobbs.

"The Government's international aid and development agency, NZAID has coordinated the allocation process. Three funding rounds took place.

21 Apr 2005 description

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to put an additional $320 million into U.S. food aid this year to ensure that projects around the world are not left empty-handed by help to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Senators approved the addition to the so-called Food for Peace program on a voice vote while debating an $81 billion emergency spending bill to fund the Iraq war. The House has passed its own version of the funding measure.

20 Apr 2005 description

In December 2004, a major earthquake followed by a tsunami hit Asia and Africa, devastating many coastal areas. Almost 200,000 people in eight countries perished in a few hours, and over 100,000 are still missing. Many more had their homes and livelihoods swept away. The coastal areas of Indonesia and Sri Lanka and two Indian island chains bore the brunt of the calamity. They will require significant repair and reconstruction. President Bush has pledged $950 million in long-term U.S. support to help the tsunami victims rebuild their lives.

13 Apr 2005 description

In December 2004, a major earthquake followed by a tsunami hit Asia and Africa, devastating many coastal areas. Almost 200,000 people in eight countries perished in a few hours, and over 100,000 are still missing. Many more had their homes and livelihoods swept away. The coastal areas of Indonesia and Sri Lanka and two Indian island chains bore the brunt of the calamity. They will require significant repair and reconstruction. President Bush has pledged $950 million in long-term U.S. support to help the tsunami victims rebuild their lives.

11 Apr 2005 description

Austrian help and assistance well received by the affected people

Vienna, 7 April 2005 - The Federal Government has organised a commemorative journey to Thailand for relatives of the Austrian tsunami victims, which will take place this weekend. "The early morning hours of 26 December 2004, when a huge flood wave devastated large coastal parts of South-East Asia, brought tremendous grief to numerous parts of the world. In Austria, we mourn for the victims of this disaster together with their families and friends.

07 Apr 2005 description

General overview

In the early hours of the morning of Sunday 26 December 2004 a massive earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck the west of northern Sumatra. The quake triggered a powerful tsunami that swept the coasts of neighbouring countries and causing serious damage and loss of life. At least five million people were affected in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Thailand, Maldives, Seychelles, Myanmar.

06 Apr 2005 description

In December 2004, a major earthquake followed by a tsunami hit Asia and Africa, devastating many coastal areas. Almost 200,000 people in eight countries perished in a few hours, and over 100,000 are still missing. Many more had their homes and livelihoods swept away. The coastal areas of Indonesia and Sri Lanka and two Indian island chains bore the brunt of the calamity. They will require significant repair and reconstruction. President Bush has pledged $950 million in long-term U.S. support to help the tsunami victims rebuild their lives.

05 Apr 2005 description

Summary

On 26 December 2004, an earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered a massive tsunami that devastated costal areas of eleven countries around the Indian Ocean. More than 280 000 were killed and at least one million were displaced by the disaster. An unprecedented emergency response ensued, with priority focused on the health and wellbeing of survivors.

05 Apr 2005 description

Washington, Washington File - In an April 1 Foreign Press Center briefing in Washington, James Bishop, director of humanitarian policy and practice at InterAction, a coalition of 160 American NGOs, said member organizations ''are aiding in all of the disciplines of disaster assistance,'' including shelter repair and reconstruction, water and sanitation, health services, provision of emergency food and psychosocial assistance.

22 Mar 2005 description
report Welthungerhilfe

Bonn, 22 March 2005. Three months after the Tsunami, German Agro Action has for the most part wrapped up its acute emergency aid measures for the victims of the flood and commenced with reconstruction projects. These long-term projects are being funded almost exclusively by private donations.