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30 Dec 2003 description

There has been greater life and property loss caused by strong earthquake in Kerman Province, Iran. Considering the seriousness of the disaster and to better help the people in Iran to be relieved from disaster, the Chinese Government decided to offer another batch of assistance material worth of 10 million RMB yuan on the basis of the first batch worth of 5 million RMB. The second batch will be on its way very shortly.

30 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

KABUL, 30 December (IRIN) - Following 16 days of debate and discussion at the Afghan Constitutional Loya Jirga (CLJ), the 502-member UN-supervised meeting was called on to move towards voting on a final draft of the constitution as the open forum at the meeting resumed on Tuesday.

30 Dec 2003 description
report Operation Mercy

Operation Mercy's plans to assist the victims of the Dec 25th earthquake in the city of Bam, in South Eastern Iran, are well under way. An initial assessment team will fly to Tehran on January 1st, and other personnel will then follow, once an action plan has been agreed with the local authorities on the ground.

30 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 30 December (IRIN) - The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the help of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, has introduced official demobilisation certificates for child soldiers, UNICEF said on Friday.

30 Dec 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 30 December 2003 - UNICEF today appealed for nearly $1 million in emergency funds to help children who survived last week's massive earthquake in Iran. According to initial estimates, the earthquake killed 20,000 people, injured 30,000 others and left 70,000 people homeless - of whom some 40,000 are still living on the streets.

30 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

BANGUI, 30 December (IRIN) - The ministry of health in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Sunday played down reports of a measles epidemic in Banga Yanga commune near the northern town of Bossangoa.

30 Dec 2003 description

By Edmund Blair and Parisa Hafezi

BAM, Iran (Reuters) - The death toll for Friday's earthquake in southeastern Iran may rise as high as 50,000, government officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

"We are expecting the death toll to reach around 50,000," a senior Interior Ministry official said.

"If we consider that, on average, five people lived in each house we can say the death toll will reach 50,000."

30 Dec 2003 description


The International Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. The Federation is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. All international assistance to support vulnerable communities seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, according to the SPHERE Project.

30 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

DAHUK, 30 December (IRIN) - Kurdish NGOs are taking up a greater role in mine clearance in northern Iraq, a task traditionally carried out by international groups. After years of fighting between the Kurdish north and the regime of Saddam Hussein, as well as intra-Kurdish conflict and problems with neighbouring countries, the area is one of the most heavily mined in the Middle East.

30 Dec 2003 description
report Xinhua

GAZA, Dec 30, 2003 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Israeli army on Tuesday carried out another incursion into the northern West Bank city of Nablus and its neighboring Balata refugee camp.

30 Dec 2003 description

Accion contra el Hambre (Espagne), avec le soutien d'Action contre la Faim (France), lance un vaste programme d'approvisionnement en eau potable en faveur de 40 000 personnes victimes du séisme de Bam. Pour cela, l'association envoie sur place 30m3 de matériel hydraulique et logistique dans un avion cargo qui décollera ce soir de Barcelone. Une équipe part cette semaine pour coordonner ce premier programme, et pour procéder à une évaluation directe de la situation des populations sinistrées, afin d'organiser une aide humanitaire répondant aux besoins les plus urgents.

30 Dec 2003 description
report UN News Service

The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has transferred a final set of responsibilities to local provisional institutions as part of its commitment to gradually introduce self-government to Kosovo.

30 Dec 2003 description


The International Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. The Federation is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. All international assistance to support vulnerable communities seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, according to the SPHERE Project.

30 Dec 2003 description
report Caritas

Cáritas. 30 de diciembre de 2003- Cáritas Irán, en estrecha coordinación con la Conferencia Episcopal Iraní, está organizando el envío de un convoy de ayuda humanitaria que partirá en las próximas horas desde Teherán hacia Bam, para ayudar a las decenas de miles de damnificados por el terremoto que arrasó esta célebre ciudad de la legendaria Ruta de la Seda el pasado 26 de diciembre. Entre otros materiales de emergencia, el convoy está integrado por varias toneladas de mantas y ropas de abrigo, alimentos no perecederos, productos sanitarios, bidones de agua y combustible, y extintores.

30 Dec 2003 description

PODGORICA, Montenegro (UNHCR) - Sipping freshly-brewed coffee in the Vukovic family's sunny kitchen, one can hardly guess that they are refugees. Their apartment in the Montenegrin coastal town of Tivat, one of many built for displaced people across the country, is spacious, clean, neat and feels just like home.

30 Dec 2003 description

This Information Bulletin is for information purposes only. The Federation is not seeking any funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.

30 Dec 2003 description

By Matthew Tostevin

JERUSALEM, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Israel, under international pressure over a giant separation barrier being built in the West Bank, plans minor changes to the route it says will make life easier for Palestinians, security sources said on Tuesday.

Israel says completed sections of the obstacle of razor wire and concrete are already stopping suicide bombers. Palestinians say the barrier annexes land occupied since the 1967 war and will deprive them of a viable, independent state.