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On 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia (of magnitude Richter scale 9.0) led a tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean. Almost 226,000 people lost their lives across 13 countries.
Period covered by this Operations Update: January 2009 to June 2009
Appeal target (Tsunami emergency and recovery revised plan and budget 2005-2010 issued on 13 March 2009): CHF 706.4 million (USD 606.5 million or EUR 473.4 million);
Appeal coverage: 100%;
- This emergency appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 26 December 2004, for CHF 7,517,000 (USD 6,658,712 or EUR 4,852,932) for six months to assist 500,000 beneficiaries.
- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 1,000,000 was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to …
Psychosocial support is a major component of most emergency operations conducted by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide, since healing the psychological wounds of victims is as important as addressing their physical injuries and material losses. Red Cross and Red Crescent societies can rely on the International Federation Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support to assist them in helping communities to overcome the trauma associated with any disaster or conflict.
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 185 countries.
Emergency and Recovery Plan of Action (Appeal No. 28/2004)
Ops. Update no.
Two years after the tsunami which was happened on 26 December 2004, Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) continues with recovery programs to assist the affected population in eight countries. Reconstruction and health programs in Indonesia are in full swing. Yet, in Sri Lanka, due to the deteriorating security situation, some rehabilitation activities were hampered. Whereas in the Maldives, India, and Thailand, key programs for the rehabilitation phase are either speedily progressing or completed.
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.
Revised Preliminary Appeal No. 28/2004; Operations Update no. 34; Period covered: 26 December - 2 February 2005; Appeal coverage: 103.9%
Highlights of the Day:
On the morning of Sunday 26 December a severe earthquake in the ocean off the coast of northern Sumatra caused tsunamis (tidal waves) that devastated communities in neighbouring countries and other countries in the Indian Ocean. The earthquake measured 9.0 on the Richter Scale, the world's most severe in 40 years.
INTERNATIONAL agency Oxfam has welcomed confirmation from Germany that its $680 million donation to the tsunami relief appeal is "new" money that has not been diverted from other crises.
Oxfam is concerned that other donors, including the US ($350m), Japan ($500m), the UK ($96m), the World Bank ($250m), Norway ($181m), the EU ($529m) and Australia ($815m), may instead be "borrowing" from aid pledged to other crises including to the Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, or from money otherwise earmarked from development budgets.
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BEIJING, Jan 9, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Donations of Chinese people from all walks of life to the tsunami-hit south and southeast Asian countries have increased to 124.83 million yuan (15.09 million US dollars) by 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the special office coordinating non-governmental donations to the disaster-stricken countries under the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).
The donations were collected by Red Cross Society of China, China Charity Foundation and their local operations.
Longer-term Red Cross and Red Crescent assistance to Asian communities devastated by the tsunamis will amount to more than US$ 556 million.
"The scope of this disaster calls for the world's humanitarian agencies to act quickly, effectively and with a long term perspective.
The need for a long term approach
While meeting immediate needs such as food, clean water and healthcare are vital, we also need a longer term response to enable people to restore their livelihoods. All funding should be tailored to such an approach, allowing spending to take place over a longer timeframe.
Recommendation: People's needs must have priority over accountants need to meet a time deadline and 'close the books.'
Protection of basic rights
In the wake of disasters, people's basic rights are often ignored.
The devastation caused by the tsunami is far-reaching. There are clear immediate priorities and longer-term repercussions that need to be addressed as soon as possible. We call on donors not to repeat the mistakes of the past and to commit to a comprehensive package of aid, debt relief and trade concessions for the countries affected by the tsunami disaster.
1. Humanitarian aid: Governments should immediately pledge to fully fund the UN appeal for $997 million launched on 6th January. Every single pledge must be turned into real aid getting to people on the ground as fast as possible.
Outcomes of the Special Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Meeting on Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia
Assistant Press Secretary Akira Chiba: Good afternoon and thank you very much for coming. Today, I would like to brief you on the outcomes of the Special Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Meeting on Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami held in Jakarta.
The Prime Minister of Japan Mr.
Phnom Penh (dpa) - The cash-strapped Cambodian government and the nation's former king, Norodom Sihanouk, have pledged around 100,000 dollars between them to help victims of the Asian tsunami, a government spokesman said Friday.
Aujourd'hui vendredi, l'oeuvre d'entraide suisse Chaîne du bonheur et la DDC se sont rencontrées pour un échange d'informations. Tous les acteurs suisses sont intéressés à une étroite collaboration.
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organisation and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.
JAKARTA, Jan 6, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- World leaders, special envoys and heads of regional as well as international organizations here on Thursday agreed to establish a regional early warning system such as Regional Tsunami Early Warning Center on the Indian Ocean and the Southeast Asia region.
As the international community is still struggling to comprehend what happened on Dec.
Brussels, 6 January 2005 - Speaking at the "Special ASEAN Leaders' Meeting on the Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami" in Jakarta today, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, announced an additional package of up to € 450 million in humanitarian and reconstruction aid to help in the relief efforts following the Asian Tsunami disaster. This will bring the total support from the European Union (25 EU Member States + European Commission) around € 1.5 billion, or about US$ 2 billion.
Why has the international community waited until to today to organise a "Relief Summit" in Jakarta, asks GOAL's John O'Shea.
The humanitarian agencies chief in a statement says: "This fact alone shows how out of touch major governments and the United Nations are with the mood of rank and file people."
"From hour one, millions of human beings around the world responded with extraordinary examples of generosity to this unprecedented tragedy but they had to wait 11 days before the world powers decided to meet to discuss the issue.