Updates

Your gateway to all content to date. Search and/or drill down with filters to narrow down the content.

154,448 entries found
Sort by: Latest |Relevance
09 Jan 2005 description

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE IN EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI AFFECTED INDONESIA

Overall Situation:

The first SurfAid medical and immunization response team is preparing to leave Padang, West Sumatera for the west coast of Nias Island tomorrow (10/01/05). The team will use the opportunity to assess the southwest coastline of Nias and will begin assessments and medical treatments in the isolated islands of Hinako, Asu and Bawa which lie one hour west of the Sirombu and Mandrehe regions.

Sirombu-Mandrehe, West Nias Island

There are 7115 displaced people in the area.

09 Jan 2005 description


I. SITUATION
The UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan began a two-day visit to the Maldives today concluding his tour to the countries hardest hit by the Tsunami. The SG will meet the President of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, and will be briefed by the Government Disaster Relief Taskforce during his visit. This will be followed by a visit to some of the islands devastated by the Tsunami.

Mr. Annan will also have a short meeting with all UN Staff and Heads of Agencies of the UN Country Team.

II. UPDATE BY SECTOR

09 Jan 2005 description

Key issues

The Tsunami caused extensive damage in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the states of Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and UT of Pondicherry on 26 December 2004. It has affected a total of 2,260 Kms of the coast line besides the entire Nicobar Islands. The tidal waves of 3-10m penetrated into the mainland form 300m to 3 Kms. Also Andaman & Nicobar were affected by the earthquake itself.

The Government of India, in association with the states/UTs, has mounted massive relief and rescue operations in the mainland and Andaman and Nicobar group of Islands.

09 Jan 2005 description

Communicable Diseases

No outbreaks reported. From December 26 until On January 8, the following cumulative number of cases was officially reported as follows: diarrhea (469), viral fever (395), ARI (130).

Environmental Health (access to safe water and hygiene, sanitation situation)

Safe water supply must be further improved. Sanitation infrastructure is disjointed, particularly in the area of disposal of sewage and disinfection of living spaces contaminated by waste.

09 Jan 2005 description

Peter Biro is part of an IRC team providing aid in Indonesia's Aceh province, the region closest to the epicenter of the December 26 earthquake and hardest hit by the resulting tsunami. He is recording his experiences in a series of journal entries, starting with his January 6 arrival in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh.

Upon arriving in Banda Aceh everything seems strangely normal. The airport is crowded and chaotic, but so are most Indonesian airports.

09 Jan 2005 description
report UN Children's Fund

OVERVIEW

In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean on December 26, UNICEF initiated an agency-wide response to the disaster, and has mobilised its human and material resources in three regional offices (East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, and East Africa), headquarters locations (Geneva and New York), supply office in Copenhagen and country offices India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Somalia.

UNICEF has established four fundamental priorities for children that are essential to the overall success of the relief effort in …

09 Jan 2005 description

Key Developments:

  • Today the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement signed a comprehensive peace agreement to end more than 21 years of civil war. The agreement was signed by GoS Vice President Ali Osman Taha and SPLM leader John Garang in a ceremony in Nairobi.
09 Jan 2005 description


Period covered: 00:008/1/05-00:009/1/05

9 January 2005 (12:00IST)- Finding the right balance between relief for the dire acute emergency and reconstruction continues. While calls for and plans for rehabilitation are picking up, particularly in Sri Lanka, the reality in the field remains that some areas remain difficult to access. Health actors, supported by WHO, are progressing with health assessments and know what is needed technically. The current challenge is building full operational capacities on the ground.

Priorities

09 Jan 2005 description

Tonight, 'The Israel Campaign For South East Asia Disaster Relief,' spearheaded by IsraAID, will be sending a humanitarian team of 14 medical and logistical personnel to Sri Lanka to assist thousands of people affected by the Tsunami.

09 Jan 2005 description

Reported by Peter Lemieux

Colachel, India - The scene at Sugantham Marriage hall this week could not be less festive. No revelers in sight, the crowd of several hundred has gathered in this makeshift tsunami relief camp, like so many dotting the South Indian coastline, in an attempt to piece their shattered lives back together.

09 Jan 2005 description

Communicable diseases

No outbreaks of communicable diseases or epidemics have been reported. Numerous cases of tetanus reported.

Health system and infrastructure (functioning health facilities, access etc)

A US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) team seconded to WHO will support the MOH in conducting health facilities assessment.

WHO Country Information

There is currently a bottleneck of humanitarian relief supplies and donations arriving in Jakarta which cannot be transported by air to Aceh Province.

09 Jan 2005 description


Key issues

(Developments over the past 24hrs, including priority needs and constraints, and the major actions that have taken place, etc):

Coordination Issues:

National Coordination Meeting was postponed till Sunday. Next meeting would be held on Monday (10 Jan 05) at 9:30am.

Major Developments:

No significant development to report since yesterday. The number of displaced persons remains unchanged from yesterday (572,000 against over 850,000 on 29.12.04 in 645 camps).

North-east Issues:

09 Jan 2005 description
report Government of Japan

On January 7 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to dispatch a second group of Japan Disaster Relief Medical Team of 21 personnel including an official of the Foreign Ministry, doctors, nurses and pharmacists, for two weeks from January 8 to Indonesia for the relief of the disaster caused by the major earthquake off the coast of Sumatra and the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, in succession to the first team whose dispatch was decided on December 29.

The team now on duty has been treating up to 270 patients per day -- most of them are suffering from external injuries, eye disorders, …

09 Jan 2005 description

Communicable diseases

No disease outbreaks have been reported, however an increase in diarrhoeal cases (90 cases) has been reported. Additionally, 9 cases of respiratory syndrome, 6 cases of dengue fever, and 21 wound infections were reported. No vaccinepreventable diseases have been reported.

09 Jan 2005 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Julia Spry-Leverton
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 9 January 2006 - The conditions in Pakistan's earthquake-affected areas are difficult indeed: the weather is bitingly cold, windy and wet. Many displaced people are living in tents; the tents' thin canvas bends under the weight of snow. Bedding is soaked by rain, and deep mud squelches underfoot everywhere.

09 Jan 2005 description


Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0007
OCHA Situation Report No. 15
Earthquake and Tsunami
India, Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka

09 Jan 2005 description


U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

08 Jan 2005 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- Visit by US Secretary of State Colin Powell

- Increase in US aid for Sri Lanka

- G8 freezes Tsunami-affected countries' debts

- Outbreak of contagious diseases in Batticaloa

- Arrival of Kofi Annan

US Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday made a one-day visit to Sri Lanka as part of his tour of tsunami-affected countries. Urging all Sri Lankans to "come together" he expressed hope that the current cooperation between all ethnic groups "could be extended to political dialogue" to resolve Sri Lanka's civil conflict.

08 Jan 2005 description

Highlights of the Situation and Relief /Recovery Efforts

The Central teams which visited the affected States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Pondicherry have returned. These States/UTs have projected the damage/ reconstruction cost at Rs 700.0 billion (US Dollar 1.56 billion).

08 Jan 2005 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)