Peace Winds Japan responded rapidly to the tragic earthquake that hit the south eastern Iran city of Bam on Friday, December 26. PWJ's first dispatch, consisting of two staff members with previous experience in the region, flew out the following day of the 27th and arrived that same night in Tehran.
The United Nations family in Sierra Leone offers deepest condolences to the bereaved families of peacekeepers from Bangladesh, who were killed in an aircrash on 25 December 2003, over Benin. The UN has confirmed that two Bangladeshi peacekeepers working for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and 13 from UNAMSIL were on board the flight, which crashed near Cotonou.
24-31 December 2003
The planning for upcoming relocations from irregular shelters to formal camps continues and the next locations to be targeted is the Masonic Temple (2,000), Ministry of Internal Affairs (527) and Kendija (100), all situated in Monrovia.
Members of the IDP Committee have reviewed a number of so-called spontaneous IDP settlements and found the Montserrado settlements and their surrounding communities to be prioritized for inter-agency assessments planned to commence around 5 January 2004.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0165
OCHA Situation Report No. 9
Iran - Earthquake
Occurred on 26 December 2003
An UN Flash Appeal will be launched early January 2004.
This report is based on information provided by the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team in Bam, the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tehran, as well as by OCHA headquarters.
(New York, 31 December 2003): In
support of the efforts of the Government of Iran, on January 8 the United
Nations will launch a Flash Appeal for victims of the earthquake that struck
Bam on December 26, 2003. The Appeal will address relief, recovery
and early rehabilitation needs for the next three months. It will also
prepare the ground for longer-term rehabilitation and development. Assessments
of needs are currently ongoing, in collaboration with the Government of
Iran and the Iranian Red Crescent.
On December 31, Tzu Chi's fact-finding and relief team began the first phase of their aid efforts in Iran. The team of staff and volunteers from the Taiwanese Buddhist organization traveled to Bam to provide medical treatment and relief supplies to the quake survivors.
Some media accounts and international views about the situation in Darfur have been flawed by inaccuracy, requiring the following clarifications:
NEW YORK-- The United Methodist Committee on Relief is providing an emergency grant of $10,000 to faith-based partners in Bam, southeastern Iran. Following the deadly earthquake that killed, injured or left homeless tens of thousands, funds will supplement installation of tents and provide clean drinking water. The agency will also cooperate in underwriting pastoral care for stricken families.
Humanitarian assistance consisting of relief items, relief and rescue related expertise, and various kinds of relief vehicles are still being sent and dispatched to the earthquake stricken areas by Tehran-based relief and rescue organization of Iranian Red Crescent (IRCS) and her provincial branches throughout the country to be distributed among the people in the affected areas.
SANTA BARBARA, CA (December 31, 2003) - Direct Relief has prepared a 3 and a half ton shipment that will be airlifted to Iran on Friday, January 2. The products contained in the shipment have a wholesale value of $330,000 and include the following items:
Alexander Yakovenko, the Official Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, answers a Russian media question regarding Russia's assistance in elimination of consequences of earthquake in Iran
Question: What assistance did Russia render in the elimination of the consequences of the earthquake in Iran?
Answer: Russia was one of the first to respond to the natural disaster that had fallen on Iran - a heavy earthquake entailing a massive death toll and vast destruction.
More than 70'000 people have been made suddenly homeless by the terrible eathquake that killed more than 25'000 in the morning hours of December 26, in the Southeastern Iranian province of Kerman.
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
FHI is partnering with Christians in Iran to aid victims of the December 26 quake in Bam.
UNICEF relief workers on the ground in Bam say that children who escaped the earthquake are still facing a major struggle to survive. Families have been torn apart and a significant number of children left unaccompanied with no caregivers since last Friday's earthquake. Many of these vulnerable children are suffering from shock and trauma, and UNICEF is providing psychosocial counselling, as well as other help such as health care and warm clothing.
Huambo, 12/31 - A total of 1,793,806.00 US dollars were spent by the Administration central Huambo province on programs of social and productive reintegration of ex-soldiers demobilized from UNITA forces and war displaced people in the 2003 alone.
This was announced by Huambo Governor, Paulo Cassoma during the end-of-year ceremony of compliments held on Tuesday in Huambo city.
According to the Governor, who is also the coordinator of the provincial commission for social reintegration of demobilized and war displaced, the amount was employed in transportation, accommodation, food, and …
Appeal Target: US$ 524,000
World Vision's relief specialists are currently in Bam to assess how best to respond to the overwhelming needs of the area. Local officials say the death toll may reach as high as 50,000 people. Search and rescue efforts are nearing their end, and attention will then focus upon the injured and the well-being of those remaining. Around 100,000 people are likely to be left homeless.
Responding to the urgent request for medical supplies and other immediate needs in Iran, Northwest Medical Teams is sending funds to help more than 70,000 people displaced by the deadly earthquake there last week.