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[18 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

A safe shelter to protect against natural disasters such as tsunamis has been built in Muli island in Meemu Atoll, Maryam Omidi reports in Minivan News.
The shelter is a two-storey building with an open terrace. Each storey is around 174.5 sq metres in size.
It will house a 45,000 litre underground rainwater tank; a storehouse for food and life-saving drugs; an operations centre with communications equipment; and will be able to generate power for up to three days.
The building has been designed to allow for vertical evacuation which means people will …

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[21 Nov 2006 | No Comment | ]

After the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, Red Cross organizations from a number of countries set up office in the Maldives, a popular holiday destination attracting the likes of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, currently spending their honeymoon here.
The work on forming a local Red Crescent society has been going on for a while, but Minivan News reports that the work is delayed again.

The formation of the new committee and the delay that comes with it has caused some members in the organization to express concern. They have …

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[18 Jul 2006 | One Comment | ]

Another tsunami has hit Indonesia on Monday, killing at least 80 people, Heru Asprihanto reports for Reuters.
PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) – A tsunami triggered by a strong undersea earthquake off the coast of Indonesia’s Java island on Monday killed at least 80 people, swept away buildings and damaged hundreds of fishing boats, officials and witnesses said.
News of the disaster spread panic across a region still recovering from a tsunami less than two years ago in which nearly 230,000 people were killed or reported missing, mostly in Indonesia. But there were no …

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[23 Mar 2006 | No Comment | ]

On the occasion of the World Water Day, UNICEF Maldives has urged people to clean out gutters and prepare rain water collecting tanks for the upcoming rainy season, the Northwest monsoon, reports Minivan News.

According to UNICEF, the tsunami worsened the contamination of ground water on almost all inhabited islands, which makes rainwater collection even more important than it was last monsoon.
“Rainwater harvesting has long been the most sustainable and effective method of providing safe drinking water in this country,” says Martin. “But thanks to donations from many organisations, …

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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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[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 …

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[9 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

A Maldivian official has told Xinhua that the emergency relief operation in the Maldives is almost complete, The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog says.
“The situation is under control,” Adam Maniku, Deputy Minister of Maldivian Finance and Treasury Department told Xinhua in the National Disaster Management Center.
“That means nobody is dying, nobody is hungry, no diseases. Those who were displaced have been resettled to temporary centres,” Maniku added. He said the relief operation is going to the second phase — the reconstruction of the affected areas of the country. Maniku …

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[6 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

UN Secretary General Mr Kofi Annan is to visit the Maldives from January 9 to11 to evaluate the damage of the tsunami on Maldives and hold dsicussions on reconstruction efforts, the website of Ministry of Information, Maldives has reported.