January 2005-Issue 4

Dear Readers,

The year 2004 ended in a great tragedy when an Earthquake of magnitude 9.0 on the Richter Scale struck off the western coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia triggering one of history’s most devastating Tsunamis which affected around 11 Asian and African countries. This natural disaster brought with it unprecedented destruction and loss of lives, livelihoods, properties and environment. Estimates of fatalities, up to 10 January 2005 have exceeded 150,000, with thousands more still missing.

All of us at ADPC would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to all those families and loved ones who have died and suffered great losses. ADPC will provide every help possible within it’s mandate and resources to support our partners in the different countries and peoples affected. 

Suvit Yodmani, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

ADPC Involvement in the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster

27 - 29 December 2004: ADPC in partnership with Télécom sans Frontieres International (TSFI) sent two teams to Phuket and Phangha in Southern Thailand to provide telecommunication support to the Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) from 27 – 29 December, when all communication networks were restored by the Thai Government. The team also conducted a Rapid Disaster Damage and Needs Assessment and Analysis of the areas affected by the Tsunami.

5-12 January 2005: ADPC sent a member to help the UN-OCHA and the UNDAC team to coordinate the rescue and restoration operations. The team is working closely with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, command headquarters in Phuket province of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National and International NGOs.

Sri Lanka
28 December 2004: Upon the invitation from the Sri Lankan Government a team of experts was sent to the impacted areas. In partnership with TSFI ADPC helped to provide satellite communication support to the people in the affected areas. With the assistance of the National Building Research Organization (NBRO), and the Centre for Housing Planning and Building (CHPB) the two local partners, two rapid assessment teams began work on identifying factors contributing to the high losses, casualties and damage to property, possible risk reduction measures to include long and short term recovery programs and suggest approaches for implementing reconstruction and rehabilitation programs in the human settlement sector.

6 January 2005: The Executive Director of ADPC was invited to attend the “Special ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami” in Jakarta. The summit meeting was attended by Heads of State/Government, UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, Special Envoys and Heads of regional as well as international organizations. The meeting shared experiences of Governments of countries in the Asian region and discussed the way ahead, especially the establishment of early warning systems in the region affected.

8 January 2005: Another team was sent to Indonesia to provide telecommunication support in collaboration with TSFI, and help assess damage and needs for potential donors.

10 January 2005: Two ADPC experts left for Maldives as part of the UNDP - World Bank disaster assessment team.

Workshop on Tsunami Early Warning, Beijing
25 - 26 January 2005: ADPC expert to attend the Workshop on Tsunami Early Warning in Beijing hosted by Government of the People’s Republic of China.

World Conference on Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 
18 - 22 January 2005: The Executive Director and a delegation of 10 members will be attending the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, organized by UNISDR and hosted by the Japanese Government.

29 January – 2 February 2005: Curriculum Adaptation Workshop under the Training and Capacity Building Project (TCBP) in Afghanistan 
ADPC in partnership with InWent (Capacity Building International, Germany) started implementation of the new TCBP in Afghanistan with the support of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). The objective is to enhance the capacity of member ministries and departments of the National Commission for Emergency and Disaster Management. A core team of trainers will also be developed during the project, under a Disaster Management Training Unit (DMTU), which is being established at the Department of Disaster Preparedness (DDP). The Curriculum Adaptation Workshop is one of the first activities being implemented.


  • Community-based Disaster Risk Management Training in Fiji (Second Week of February)

  • Disaster Management Course in Afghanistan (Last Week of February)

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