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This report provides an assessment of the impact of the December 26 2004 tsunami on fish populations in the Seychelles. It also includes recommendations on the implementation of a coral reef monitoring and management strategy.
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AUSTRALIA'S RESPONSE TO THE INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI ON BOXING DAY LAST YEAR WAS TIMELY, GENEROUS AND EFFECTIVE. THE DISASTER HAD AN IMMEDIATE AND PROFOUND EFFECT ON THE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY. AT ALL LEVELS THERE WAS A CLEAR REALISATION OF THE AWFUL MAGNITUDE OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION SUFFERED BY OUR NEIGHBOURS.
- A total of 181 000 people have been confirmed dead in the tsunami and more than 45 000 people are still missing.
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
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.
SHORTLY AFTER THE TSUNAMI STRUCK ON 26 DECEMBER 2004 THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT COMMITTED $60 MILLION FOR EMERGENCY HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE -- PRIMARILY TO INDONESIA, SRI LANKA, THE MALDIVES, SEYCHELLES AND TO A LESSER EXTENT TO THAILAND AND INDIA. BY 15 APRIL 2005 THE GOVERNMENT HAD EXPENDED ALMOST $47 MILLION ON RELIEF ACTIVITIES IN THESE COUNTRIES.
Like other aid agencies, AusAID has been overwhelmed by the generosity of Australians. It has received hundreds of phone calls from people around the country volunteering help or wanting to send goods to tsunami victims.
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As new information provides a clearer picture of the full extent of the Indian Ocean disaster Australia will continue to increase its support for the international relief effort.
The enormity of this tragedy continues to grow.