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GENEVA, Apr 12, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Representatives from Indian Ocean countries affected by the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami and other countries and experts on early warning systems will gather in Mauritius on Thursday for the second international coordination meeting for the development of a tsunami warning and mitigation system for the Indian Ocean.
The meeting is co-organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).
BEIJING, Mar 6, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- China had donated 1.27 billion yuan (approximately 153.4 million US dollars) of assistance to tsunami-hit countries in south and southeast Asia by March 1, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told a press conference here Sunday.
This included 686 million yuan of government aid and 576 million yuan from the non-governmental sector.
BRUSSELS, Mar 2, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- An umbrella group of aid organizations in the Netherlands has raised 183 million euros (240 million US dollars) through a national campaign to help the victims of December's tsunami in Asia.
HONG KONG, Feb 22, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Winding up a three-day tour of tsunami-hit nations, former US President Bill Clinton said in Hong Kong Tuesday that the rebuilding process of the tsunami-hit areas will take three to five years.
He made the remarks while making a stop over in Hong Kong for signing his best-sell memoir "My Life" Tuesday evening at a Hong Kong book shop.
Asked about his impression about his tour to the tsunami-hit countries, he said he was impressed by the speed of the recovery of the disaster-hit countries.
TOKYO, Feb 17, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Japan Meteorological Agency will start providing tsunami information to Indian Ocean rim countries, possibly in early March, on a provisional basis, the agency's Director General Koichi Nagasaka announced Thursday.
JAKARTA, Feb 14, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Visiting Dutch Economic Minister Laurens Jan Brinkhorst said here Monday that his government will provide 200 million euros (about 260 million US dollars) in aid to the Asian region that was seriously affected by the Dec.
BEIJING, Feb 6, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- China's non-governmental donations to South and Southeast Asia's tsunami-hit countries have reached 497.94 million yuan (approximately 59.99 million US dollars), approximately 20 million dollars of which has been delivered, according to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs.
In addition, China has sent 10.77 million yuan (approximately 1. 3 million dollars) worth of non-governmental material aid to those countries.
BEIJING, Jan 31, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Millions of US dollars worth Chinese aid pledge to tsunami-hit countries have been mostly fulfilled so far, a Chinese official said here on Monday.
The aid involves a 21.6 million yuan (about 2.6 million US dollars) worth of emergency aid, 500 million yuan worth of damage- relief aid and a 20 million US dollars aid for multi-lateral assistance, according to Chong Quan, spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
The 21.6 million yuan worth of emergency aid has all been delivered so far and over half of the 500 million yuan has been used …
HONG KONG, Jan 18, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- With fresh pledges, the international community on Tuesday stepped up relief efforts to tsunami victims as affected Indian Ocean nations geared up to rebuild their battered shorelines.
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark on Tuesday announced a 68 million NZ dollars (about 47.6 million US dollars) disaster relief package for tsunami-stricken south Asian countries.
The package, including the 10 million NZ dollars already allocated and 52 million NZ dollars (about 36.4 million US dollars) that will be spent this financial year, …
by Wang Jianxin and Zhang Yongxing
PORT LOUIS, Jan 10, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Delegates from some 40 small island nations convened Monday in Indian Ocean island Mauritius, coordinating efforts to raise disaster preparedness and plea for international help in building an early warning system after the devastating tsunami swept through the Indian Ocean.
Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Raymond Berenger, who is also the president of the meeting, said in the opening session of the UN International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Program of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States …
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.
BEIJING, Jan 7, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Chinese people from all walks of life have donated over 100 million yuan (12.09 million US dollars) to the tsunami-hit south and southeast Asian countries by 4 p.m.
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.
CAIRO, Jan 5, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Arab League has opened an account for Arab individuals and organizations to offer donations for tsunami-stricken Asian countries, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported on Wednesday.
JAKARTA, Jan 5, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Wednesday expressed China's condolences to the tsunami-hit countries and said that China will increase its aid to the disaster-stricken countries.
Wen arrived here Wednesday afternoon to attend a special summit of the ASEAN countries on tsunami which is due to be held Thursday.
Shortly after his arrival, Wen met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyo, Maldive President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Foreign Minister Surakiat Sathirathai of Thailand and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.
ANKARA, Jan 3, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul on Monday called on Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) member states to extend maximum assistance to the quake and tsunami-stricken areas in South and Southeast Asia.
In his message sent to the foreign ministers of 57 OIC members under the title of the current president of the Foreign Ministers Conference of OIC, Gul expressed deep sorrow over the great loss of life and property as a result of massive earthquake and tsunami.
WASHINGTON, Jan 2, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The World Bank will provide more money above its pledge of 250 million dollars for further reconstruction after tsunami in South Asia, the organization's president James Wolfensohn said Sunday.
"The 250 million dollars is for the immediate emergency," Wolfensohn said in an interview with the US television network ABC. "My guess is that the World Bank itself will probably double or triple the amount of money for further reconstruction."
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."
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 …