Greece: Earthquake - Sep 1999
Item 21 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of emergency
humanitarian assistance of the United Nations
Emergency response to disasters
Economic consequences of the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Greece: Recommendation 1447 (2000)
The world may have forgotten it, but for many people in the Greek capital, Athens, a 10-second earthquake that struck last September continues to have a big impact on their lives. More than 6,000 families still live in camps in prefabricated houses, mostly donated by the local authorities. They have no money to rebuild their previous house or construct a new one.
By Dina Kyriakidou
ATHENS, Sept 6 (Reuters) - A year after the Athens earthquake that killed 143 people and damaged thousands of buildings in the Greek capital, many of the survivors still live in tiny prefabricated homes in camps ringing the city.
Eva Andreadou, 48, and her 18-year-old daughter Mariza were among the 700 people injured by the quake on September 7, 1999, whose home is now a two-room metal box.
Eva recalls the horror of being trapped in rubble when the earthquake levelled her apartment building and of being unable to reach Mariza who was also trapped …
STRASBOURG, 28.01.2000 - The COUNCIL OF EUROPE Parliamentary Assembly today urged continued aid to rebuild earthquake devastated regions in Turkey and Greece.
Press release: PM 1999/052
Luxembourg, 20 December 1999 - The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union's long-term lending institution, is providing a first loan of EUR 300 million for urgent reconstruction in the greater Athens area, hit by a devastating earthquake, on September 7th 1999.
The loan forms part of a larger facility of up to EUR 900 million approved by the EIB, for financing the Earthquake Reconstruction Programme (ERP). Financing under this facility will be phased over a period of 2 to 3 years.
appeal no. 22/99
period covered: September - October 1999
The impact of the earthquake which reduced heavily populated areas of the Greek capital, Athens to rubble on 7 September - leaving some 138 people dead, 70,000 homeless and 13,000 families destitute - is far worse than first feared. Tens of thousands of people will remain homeless for weeks, or even months, to come, while thousands are unemployed following the destruction of four industrial plants and hundreds of small businesses.
11651/99 (Presse 296), Luxembourg, 11 October 1999
President : Ms Tarja HALONEN
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland
For further information call 285 64 23 or 285 74 59
The Governments of the Member States and the European Commission were represented as follows:
Mr Louis MICHEL
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr Pierre CHEVALIER
State Secretary for Foreign Trade
THIS APPEAL REPLACES THE PRELIMINARY APPEAL LAUNCHED ON 14 SEPTEMBER 1999
Press release: SP 1999/014
Luxembourg, 24 September 1999 - The European Investment Bank, is donating EUR 1 000 000(1) as an emergency grant for urgent reconstruction in the greater Athens area, recently hit by a devastating earthquake. The funds will be made available for the reparation and reconstruction works of school buildings of the most affected areas, in view of the start of the new academic year.
Better buildings, military readiness are among the reasons Taiwan toll is less than Turkey's.
Alex Salkever, Special to The Christian Science Monitor
Three major temblors in the space of a little more than a month - in Turkey, Greece, and now Taiwan - are enough to set millennium doomsayers crowing. And it's prompting some people to wonder: Are we seeing a kind of global seismic chain reaction?
But the pace of big quake activity is normal, scientists say.
On September 17 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency assistance comprising blankets and tents equivalent to about 14 million yen to the Government of the Hellenic Republic (Greece), which has sustained extensive damage from a strong earthquake.
appeal no. 22/99
situation report no. 2
period covered: 10-13 September 1999
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0142
OCHA-GENEVA SITUATION REPORT N0. 3
11 September 1999
Baltimore (IOCC) - Responding to the estimated 70,000 people left homeless as a result of this week's earthquake in Athens, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has arranged for the transport and distribution of emergency relief supplies to aid the quake's victims. More than 5 metric tons of urgently needed equipment, including tents and emergency food supplies, have been prepared for immediate distribution to the hardest hit areas of the city.
Situation: 10.9.99, 18h30
L'équipe de la Chaîne suisse de sauvetage est de retour de sa mission en Grèce. Sept des huit membres de l'équipe ainsi que les trois chiens sont arrivés vendredi à 18h20 à bord d'un avion de ligne Swissair qui assurait la liaison entre Athènes et Zurich. La huitième personne, un citoyen double national, est resté chez lui, en Grèce.
Les chiens suisses ont localisé au total 14 personnes. Grâce à ce travail de localisation, trois personnes ont pu être sauvées.
appeal no. 22/99
situation report no. 1
period covered: 8-9 September
By Dina Kyriakidou
ATHENS, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Athens's quake-hit suburbs sprouted tent cities on Friday to shelter more than 16,000 people made homeless by a disaster that has killed at least 95 and left the Greek capital in shock.
With little expectation of finding more survivors, rescue teams from abroad prepared to leave after nearly three days of sifting through debris.
Tuesday's tremor, which measured 5.9 on the Richter scale and hit 18 km (11 miles) north of Athens, flattened a number of buildings and left thousands stranded in parks and squares.