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[24 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

Residents of Hulhumale’ clean up the sand accumulated on a street after the tsunami. Photo: UID, Hulhumale’.

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[24 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

Hulhumale’ was reclaimed to provide a solution for congestion in Male’. Flats have been developed and rented. The island is still under development and only very few people live there. This photo shows people coming out of their flats and walk through the water after the island was flooded. Most of the things in the groundfloor of the flats were destroyed by the wave. Photo: UID, Hulhumale’.

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[24 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

This picture taken in Hulhumale’ on December 26 shows the tsunami sweeping into the artificially created island in the Maldives. Compared to other islands, this reclaimed island was affected less by the tsunami. The island is raised a few feet above sea level as a protection against sea level rise, but it was not enough to stop the tsunami. Photo: UID, Hulhumale’.

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[24 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

Commonwealth is to send emergency doctors to the Maldives, a press release by the Commonwealth said.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon has appealed to doctors to help the Maldives.
The Commonwealth Secretariat is looking for doctors with expertise in internal medicine; paediatrics; anaesthetics; general surgery; obstetrics and gynaecology; and orthopaedics, as well as general medicine. They will each work in Maldives for between 3 and 12 months.
“Women and children have borne the brunt of the disaster,” said Mr McKinnon. “My hope is that in a short time, we can deliver up to 50 …

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[24 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

Haveeru reported on January 15 that the damage the health sector has incurred from the tsunami is around US$435,000.
Assistant Director Ahmed Afaal from the Health Ministry on Thursday said that aid is being sought from foreign sources to reconstruct the damages.
Afaal said that some nine expatriate doctors have resigned and left the Maldives after the tsunami. The Health Ministry is presently seeking 69 doctors from various fields.
Voluntary service organizations have expressed interest in sending doctors to Maldives, Afaal said.
However, on January 23 Haveeru reported that health officials have reassessed …

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[18 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

Since the tsunami hit the Maldives, Television Maldives (TVM), the only local TV station, has been sending live coverage of the event. It has shown numerous footage of the destruction in islands and interviewed several people affected by the tsunami.
It has come under criticism recently that the live coverage is only increasing the trauma and adversely affecting people. Those who have this opinion argue that the continuous relaying of images of destroyed houses and displaced people disturbs the people psychologically.
TVM has reduced the coverage to some extent now, perhaps because …

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[16 Jan 2005 | 2 Comments | ]

Library of Life is a website that compiles stories of millions of people around the world. The website raises funds for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Library of Life is creating a living memorial of the tsunami tragedy through photographs, film, sound, text and scanned documents.
Library of Life, in association with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, invites the families and friends of those lost in the recent Asia disaster to create an everlasting memorial to their loved ones.
The website also features …

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[12 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said the decision whether to evacuate the people of Maldives lies with the Maldives’ people, reports Hilath Rasheed from Haveeru. Annan held a press conference at the airport before leaving Maldives on Monday after concluding his tour of the countries hit by the tsunami.
“I think it is a decision that has to be made by the leaders and the government of Maldives,” Annan told a press conference at the Male International Airport before wrapping up a two-day visit in which he visited …

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[12 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan visits the National Disaster Management Centre set up in Male’, Maldives on January 9. Photo: Eagan
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said that the Maldivian social system has been destabilised after the tsunami, reports AFP’s Amal Jayasinghe. Annan spoke to reporters before he left Maldives on Monday concluding his tour of the countries hit by the tsunami.
As he left the Maldives after a 24-hour visit, the UN secretary general told reporters that although death and destruction in this tiny Indian Ocean atoll nation was …

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[10 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

UN Secretary General Mr Kofi Annan has arrived in Maldives on January 9 at noon.
Annan will visit Kolhufushi island in Meemu Atoll and Vilufushi island of Thaa Atoll on Monday, January 10. Both islands were devastated by the tsunami.
Annan, the first UN Secretary General to visit Maldives, arrived after visiting Sri Lanka, in his tour of the countries affected by the tsunami.
Link to AFP’s Amal Jayasinghe’s article ‘Maldives to show Kofi Annan how paradise was lost’
Link to Haveeru’s Hilath Rasheed’s article ‘Annan calls on tsunami survivors to look ahead towards …