- Ten earthquakes measuring between 5 and 5.8 M hit during the month. The most frequent area hit by the earthquakes is North Sumatra.
- It was announced by Government Reconstruction Agency at the six month commemoration ceremony of the tsunami in Banda Aceh that 172 reconstruction projects worth USD 585 million will be implemented by 70 local and international non-governmental organizations in Aceh and North Sumatra.
- UNHCR is to resume humanitarian work in Aceh, with focus on the provision of permanent shelter.
- A foreign aid worker from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was shot by unknown assailants near Lam No, about 80 km south of Banda Aceh. Her wound was not life-threatening.
Natural Disaster Updates:
There have been 10 earthquakes occurring during the month, measuring between 5 and 5.8 M. North Sumatra Province, followed by West Java, has been the most frequent area hit by these earthquakes. The volcanic activities of Mt. Papandayan -- West Java and Mt. Rinjani -- West Nusa Tenggara have been increasing. The volcano status of both mounts has been upgraded into alert level 2. Pro longed drought has affected and caused crop/harvest failures in some parts of West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, Jogjakarta, Central Java, and North Sumatra provinces.
The six month commemoration ceremony of the tsunami was held in Banda Aceh and attended by representatives from the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency, United Nations, World Bank and ADB. It was announced at the ceremony that 172 reconstruction projects (houses, schools, health clinics and other infrastructure) worth USD 585 million will be implemented by 70 local and international non-governmental organizations. The reconstruction agency also announced that the government budget of IDR 8.4 trillion (USD 875 million dollars) for this year's reconstruction period will be ready for disbursement in July. The United Nations predicts that rebuilding in all tsunami affected countries will take another two to five years, and cost nearly nine billion dollars.
UNHCR is to resume humanitarian work in the province three months following indications from the government that it may be exceeding its mandate. The government's Aceh reconstruction agency that UNHCR would have a less autonomous role than previously. UNHCR will focus on the provision of permanent shelter.
The Government of Indonesia and the United Nations held a two-day workshop on Regional Post-Tsunami Lessons Learned and Best Practices from 13 to 14 June 2005 in Medan, which was aimed at enabling key actors to benefit collectively from ongoing processes of reflection on disaster response preparedness and management systems in tsunami affected countries, and to forge closer links, building region-wide systems for future mutual assistance. Officials from Government Ministries and Institutions, United Nations organizations, international organizations, NGOs, international donors, and government representatives from six countries affected by tsunami are participating.
A foreign aid worker from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was shot in the shoulder by unknown assailants, but her wound was not life-threatening. The shooting took place when she was traveling in a Red Cross vehicle near Lam No, about 80km south of Banda Aceh. The source of the shooting is not clear yet. It was the first such incident since thousands of foreign aid workers flooded into the province after the December 26 tsunami.
Following the fourth round of talks in Helsinki in May, a foreign observer team from the EU and ASEAN met with local authorities, community leaders and NGO representatives in Aceh to assess a likely peace deal between the government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).
Minor bomb explosions continued in Poso town, but no casualties or significant physical damage were reported in the incidents. The police also found bombs in three different locations in the town. No suspects have been named yet. These accidents did not affect the local election, daily life of the community, and operations of UN agencies and INGOs in the areas. Recently, additional 153 police personnel from Banggai District have been sent to Poso and Tojo Una-Una Districts to strengthen security in the area during the election.
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