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Hong Kong SAR

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Date: 30 Dec 2004

The Secretary for Security, Mr Ambrose S K Lee, announced at a press conference yesterday (December 29) that the Government was sending a 120-strong team to Phuket, including officers from Immigration Department, Police, Civil Aid Service, Auxiliary Medical Service and Department of Health, to expedite the search of missing Hong Kong residents as well as providing assistance to stranded Hong Kong residents in areas affected by the tsunami. As at 8pm yesterday, the Immigration Department's hotline (2829 3010) had received a total of 828 enquiries and 691 requests for assistance.

Of the 691 requests for assistance, 599 HK residents were reported to have lost contact with their families in HK. The callers in these cases were able to provide the personal particulars of the residents concerned as well as information about their last known location to the Immigration Department.

Of the above 599 residents, 348 have either reestablished contact with their families or returned safely to Hong Kong. There are 251 outstanding cases which the Immigration Department will follow up. Amongst them, 197 were reported to be in Thailand, seven in Malaysia, 12 in Sri Lanka, six in Maldives, 23 in Indonesia and six in other places.

For More Information : Relief Web (http://www.reliefweb.int/w/rwb.nsf/480fa8736b88bbc3c12564f6004c8ad5/6fe92d1f21945d9949256f7a0005d8cf?OpenDocument)

India

Here's the latest Situation Report (http://www.ndmindia.nic.in/Tsunami2004/sitrep7.htm) from Government of India:

Excerpts:

The first meeting of the Group of Ministers(GoM) constituted for monitoring relief and rehabilitation measures was chaired by the Prime Minister on 28th December 2004 . The Prime Minister desired that an integrated action plan for Andaman and Nicobar Islands be prepared and district-wise plans for the affected districts in the mainland States be finalised. It was also desired that action be taken to ensure that there was no spread of epidemics in the affected areas. The need for proper briefing of media was emphasized so that all the information reaches the public. An assistance of Rs. 100 crore for Sri Lanka and Rs.5 crore for Maldives was announced. The financial institutions have been directed to provide soft loan for recovery and rehabilitation in the affected areas. It was stressed that all the relief requirements for Andaman and Nicobar should be met on top priority. Aftershocks are continuing in A & N Islands . Three aftershocks were experienced at 0710 hours (5.7 MW), 0721 hours (6.1 MW) and 0744 hours (5.4 MW)


Aid efforts by Indian Railways

Source: http://www.sunnetwork.org/news/national/national.asp?id=19199 Railway minister Lalu Prasad today said Indian Railways would carry all relief provisions for tsunami victims free of cost. Railway employees across the country would donate their one day's salary amounting to Rs 15 crore as contribution to Prime Minister's Relief Fund

Support for Kerala

Source: http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=270363 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced for Kerala Rs 100 crore assistance to tide over tsunami disaster out of the Rs.500 crore sanctioned by the Centre for relief and rehabilitation work in tsunami-hit states.

Delhi

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

  • The Campbell Bay Airstrip in Andaman & Nicobar has been made operational so that relief flights can land there.

Andhra Pradesh

Kerala

Madhya Pradesh

Source: http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=269622

Madhya Pradesh government has sanctioned Rs two crore for assistance to families affected by tsunami. Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues have announced donation of a day's salary for relief to the affected families.If necessary, teams of doctors, medicines, clothes, blanket and other relief material would be sent.

Orissa

Pondicherry

Punjab

News article http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/974160.cms

Excerpts: Chief Minister of Punjab has announced an aid of Rs. 10 crores to the Prime minister's relief fund. Also consignment of light bedding, clothing and ration to be sent. MLA's and state ministers to donate one month's salary adding to Rs. 44.55 lakhs in addition to the above amount. He has also appealed employees of the state government to donate a day's salary.

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu (India) Govt. Directive on Relief Material New Delhi, Dec. 30 (PTI): The Tamil Nadu Government said today that all consignments of relief material for tsunami victims in the State should be dispatched to Joint Commissioner (Relief) A Chatterjee.

A State Government communication said the relief materials should be dispatched to Joint Commissioner, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, Virugambakkam, Chennai. Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200412302067.htm)

  • The UNICEF has launched a massive campaign on an emergency footing to immunize about 115,000 children against measles and vitamin-A deficiency in Tsunami-hit areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
    • "Measles is a deadly threat to children living in crowded camps. It spreads quickly, killing children, or severely weakening their immune systems. Those children are then too weak to fight off other diseases," said Marzio Babile, UNICEF's Chief of Health in India, today.
    • 100,000 children in Tamil Nadu will be immunized in Tamil Nadu, one of the worst-hit areas, and 15,000 in Kerala during one-week period, she said.
    • The decision to go ahead with an immunization campaign, which would be conducted at relief camps in 11 districts in Tamil Nadu and three districts of Kerala, was taken by the by Central and the state governments with support from UNICEF and WHO.
    • Source: The Hindu

Indonesia

Highlights from Harian Pelita, Indonesia (30 December 2004)

Indonesian Authorities Give Access to Foreign Volunteers..

Doctors, technicians and social workers including diplomats will be given visa on arrival upon their arrival to Medan.

According to the spokesman of the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs (Deplu) http://www.deplu.go.id/2003/ , Yuri Thamrin cargo flights from overseas will arrive in Medan or Bandara Iskandar Muda, Banda Aceh. They will have to get flight clearance from Deplu who will work closely with Mabes and Dephub.

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Aceh

Aceh in Indonesia, the stretch closest to the quake's epicenter, is possibly the worst affected amongst all and is now reporting over 35,000 dead and thousands more missing.

All the more ironic that the land most devastated, is now the least approachable.

The province of Aceh has been largely inaccessible to the world over the past few years due to a raging civil war and stringent government restrictions on foreigners including aid workers and journalists. However, as the unimaginable scale of the disaster is becoming clear, the mass of red tape is being loosened and humanitarian agencies are being allowed to move in. Making aid doubly difficult is the hostile terrain, which still has massive stretches of coastline buried in mud and water, thus cutting off roads, radio and all kinds of communication.

All aid is thus only through government bodies, relief agencies, NGOs and other corporates. I realize there is little knowledge of who is to be contacted and how donations can be made, so I have listed here some details obtained from local ministries and news agencies.

Readers, please pass this information to friends and family in Indonesia or to other Indonesians living abroad, so aid can reach the victims faster.

Aceh Media Centre A medium to channel all concerns and support to the Aceh Earthquake/Tsunami Victims and Survivors

1) Government of Indonesia Bank Account in BI - Bank Indonesia Account Numbers for various currencies are as follows :

510.000.272 (Indonesian Rupiah) 602.074.411 (United States Dollars) 602.075.111( Japanese Yen) 602.075.991 (Euro)

2) Indonesian Red Cross Society Bank Account in Lippo Slipi Branch In the name of : Indonesian Red Cross Society / Palang Merah Account Number :746-30-05218-4

3)Coordinator of Peoples Welfare; Republic of Indonesia Bank account in BNI Harmoni In the name of I Nyoman Meweh, Head of Welfare Bureau Account Number: 07 000 311 2717 911

4) Indosiar Bank account in BCA In the name of: Indosiar Account Number: 001 - 304 - 0009

5) RCTI Bank account in BCA In the name of: RCTI Account Number: 128 - 300 -7000

As with all affected areas, what is urgently needed to aid the living is food, formula milk for babies, fresh water, medicines, clothes, blankets, mosquito repellant and generator sets. Ironically, the dead are demanding too. As soldiers and volunteers collect thousands of rotting corpses for mass burials, they face a desperate shortage of body bags and cemetery tools.

Anyone who would like to provide assistance in kind, donations and contributions can be directly delivered to :

The National Coordinating Agency for Natural Disaster and Refugees Relief (Bakornas PBP). Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 36 Jakarta Pusat 10110 Tel. (62-21) 3458400 Fax. (62-21) 3505075/3458500 Contact Person: Mr. Sugeng (cellphone: +628164850361)

You may also contact any of the following private volunteers at the given numbers and your donations will be packed and flown across to Aceh.

Anupama : 62-812-8230287 (Mobile) Anggie: 62-811-967058 (Mobile) Mallika: 62-812-1005243 (Mobile)

Also, Wahana Cargo based in Jakarta has volunteered to courier aid for free to Aceh. They will pick up cargo from donors in greater Jakarta and deliver them to Halim Perdanakusumah Airport wherefrom there are scheduled Hercules trips at various times of the day. They can be contacted at the following address:

Wahana Cargo Jln H Sidik, 88 Rempoa, South Jakarta. Tel: 62-812-1131688 and 62-811-856900

It is difficult to make sense of the morbid abstracts which emerge from a tragedy so real -- millions displaced, thousands dead, hundreds missing. Soon these numbers will numb us and even a doubling of these figures wont be anything more than a mere statistic for most of us. The danger we face is in losing touch with the goodness of our hearts, for sympathy is a myopic emotion, not to mention highly treacherous. As severe as it is in the initial thrust, its grip only grows feeble with the passing of time.

Let us yield to our urgent impulses and give without restraint. Let us not allow our solidarity to fade with the shift in headlines.

Malaysia

Donations/Relief Funds Information for Malaysians

Malaysians can make their donations to the “National Disaster Fund” managed by the National Disaster Management and Relief Committee headed by the Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, as well as the various Humanitarian Fund for relief efforts in the northern part of Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, by following the information at any of the websites below:

Also note that the AMP Tsunami 26/12 appeal, where you can sent your donation via SMS, has closed, midnight 31 December 2004. More info here.

Malaysia is one of the richest (if not the richest) tsunami-hit nations. But our destruction and the number of deaths can be described as insignificant compared to the other nations, especially the neighbouring Aceh province of Sumatra in Indonesia, which sheltered Peninsular Malaysia from the full force of nature.

We are indeed lucky. Feel it in your heart to think of the other less fortunate Malaysians and the people in the other nations, and give generously.

Courtesy: e-borneo.com travel blog

Maldives

Singapore

30/12/2004 MFA Press Statement: Update on Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sending more officers to join its consular teams in affected areas to locate missing or uncontactable Singaporeans and to render assistance to those who are stranded.

We continue to make progress in locating Singaporeans. In Phuket, yesterday we have contacted another 141 Singaporeans, bringing the total to 863 as at 1600 hours today. 144 Singaporeans remain uncontacted in Phuket and 83 in the other affected areas.

We also have confirmation of seven deaths, five in Phuket, one in Sri Lanka and one in India, the latter is the 13 year-old girl mentioned in yesterday's statement.

The status of Singaporeans affected by the earthquake and tsunamis are reflected in the attached table [1].

We request relatives and friends of Singaporeans who were known to have travelled to the disaster-stricken areas and were earlier uncontactable but who have since succeeded in making contact with them to call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hour Duty Office (Tel: 63320000) to give details of their whereabouts. This will greatly assist the Ministry's efforts.

Seychelles

Sri Lanka

North East Srilanka - Relief Efforts -- From a Blog Reader --- (North East Srilanka is not under Government Control)

Urgent Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance 8000 Dead and 500,000 Displaced in northeast of the Island of Sri Lanka

The Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation is engaged in the task of providing food, medical help, transport, temporary shelters and other urgent humanitarian assistance for the hundreds of thousands of the displaced. However, the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis that we are faced with is such that we need the urgent support of the international community and the generous and immediate support of our Tamil brothers and sisters living in many lands. (http://www.troonline.org/en/)

Thailand

Prime Minster Thaksin Shinawatra estimated the cost of the damage at 20 billion baht ($510 million) and said the government would seek additional funds from parliament for the disaster.

Tourism accounts for 6% of Thailand's gross domestic product and the tsunami, which has killed more than 1,400 people in Thailand and more than 38,000 in Asia, has hit tourism-related stocks and rattled the baht. morehere

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Africa

Australia

Support for Australian nationals

  • Tsunami Assist Page

http://www.tsunamiassist.gov.au/ Official government website. The site provides information on announced the Australian government's package of measures to assist Australians affected by the December 2004 Tsunami.

Financial support for relief efforts

  • AusAid Tsunami Information Page

http://www.ausaid.gov.au/hottopics/topic.cfm?Id=9562_2054_7529_7688_4864 As at December 31 2004 total official Australian contributions to relief efforts amount to $60 million.

  • From the Australian Broadcasting Commission

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200412/s1273599.htm

The Federal Government has announced a further $25 million in emergency relief to help tsunami-affected nations in Asia.Australia will also give $5 million in aid to Sri Lanka, while another $5 million will be donated to agencies.The remainder of the new spending will support the relief efforts in Thailand and the Maldives.The Government's overall contribution to emergency aid in the wake of the tsunami now totals $35 million.Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has indicated Australia will offer further aid as needed.

Europe

Sweden

For helplines, see the section titled Wikinews:Tsunami Help/Helpline Numbers

North America

Canada

The Canadian government has established a web page describing how Canadians can assist relief efforts including a list of relief organizations accepting contributions. Note that the government is matching donations made to select charitable organizations through January 11, 2005 and has also announced that donations made before January 11 can be counted as donations for the 2004 tax year.

United States

Uncle Sam to U.S. Tourists: Call Home! (http://asia.news.yahoo.com/041229/ap/d879jj9o0.html)

The U.S. government has a message for any Americans traveling or living in the vast region devastated by Sunday's underwater earthquake and tsunamis: Call home, and do it fast.

South America

Others

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