Arko Datta won World Press Photo 2004 with this picture of an Indian woman mourning the death of a relative killed in the Asian tsunami catastrophe on December 26, 2004.
An important development after Tsunami is that India has commissioned Tsunami Early Warning Centre. Relief measures are still going on. According to the International Federation’s Tsunami three-year progress report – a report that captures the collective efforts of the more than 30 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies involved in the operation
- International Federation relief and recovery efforts have reached an estimated 3,873,000 people in ten affected countries.
- more than 21,300 houses have now been built
- further 18,098 under construction. In all, the Red Cross Red Crescent is committed to building about 51,000 new homes for tsunami survivors.
At the end of September 2007, approximately 1.773 billion Swiss francs had been expended, equating to about 58 per cent of the 3.076 billion Swiss francs raised by the Red Cross Red Crescent. Projections suggest that by the end of this year, a further 291 million Swiss francs will have been spent (leading to an expected year-end total of 2.064 billion Swiss francs).
The largest amounts have been spent in shelter and community construction, emergency relief and health and care. About 80 per cent of funds have been spent in the three worst affected countries: Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The International Federation expects to have completed all major reconstruction by the end of 2009. The Tsunami three-year report is available for download here.
View a Tsunami 2004 Memorial Video
View a video of USNS Mercy,a civilian operated hospital ship providing relief to Tsunami affected people.
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