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22 Mar 2013 description

This year, World Water Day (March 22) highlights the importance of international efforts to preserve and protect the world’s shared water resources.

The United Nations has declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon: ‘Water is central to the well-being of people and the planet, we must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource.’

06 Sep 2005 description


  • 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.

20 Jan 2005 description

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.