Latest Humanitarian response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake Stories

2005-10-10 02:47:22

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Donor nations rushed doctors, helicopters, water and tents to quake-devastated Pakistan on Monday as the death toll from the disaster topped 20,000. Aid agencies said more than 120,000 people were in urgent need of shelter and up to four million could be left homeless after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake destroyed buildings and villages in Pakistan's northern mountains. The quake, South Asia's strongest for 100 years, also killed more than 550...

2005-09-19 08:58:02

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Relief efforts in Indonesia's Aceh province need to speed up because thousands of tsunami survivors still rely on basic rations nine months after the disaster, the United Nations World Food Programme said on Monday. However, WFP's deputy executive director Sheila Sisulu said there was no sign of a drop in aid commitments from donor countries, although other natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in the United States, had shifted...

2005-09-02 22:51:19

By Michele Gershberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. companies offered up everything from bed sheets to sunscreen and cell phones for thousands left homeless by Hurricane Katrina in what corporate charity experts believe will be their largest donation drive. As the enormity of the crisis in Louisiana, Mississippi and other U.S. Gulf states became apparent, companies pledged over $100 million in cash and merchandise donations. Much more is expected in the weeks to come. "I think it will...

2005-09-02 14:08:43

By Caroline Drees WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Private donations to U.S. charities bringing meals, water and shelter to victims of Hurricane Katrina soared past $200 million on Friday, as the Salvation Army warned it was running out of food and other supplies. From multinational corporations pledging millions to average Americans donating dollars over the Internet, private funds flooded in at unprecedented rates, aid agencies said. "Our online efforts have raised an astronomical amount of...

2005-09-01 20:13:42

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday offered to help the United States provide disaster relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as the storm's devastation challenged the U.S. authorities' ability to cope. While the United States is the country best prepared to deal with such a disaster, "the sheer size of this emergency makes it possible that we can supplement the American response with supplies from other countries, or with experience we have...

2004-12-29 09:50:00

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Cargo planes touched down with aid Wednesday, bearing everything from lentils to water purifiers to help survivors facing the threat of epidemic after this week's quake-tsunami catastrophe. The first Indonesian military teams reached the devastated west coast of Sumatra island, finding thousands of bodies and increasing the death toll across 12 nations to more than 80,000. The international Red Cross warned that the toll could eventually surpass 100,000. Town...

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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.