Tsunami: Ten years on, what have we learned?
29 Dec 2014
This piece was originally published on the ODI blog Development Progress.
Ten years ago when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit land, killing 230,000 people and destroying the lives and livelihoods of many more, its human cost was immeasurable. The tsunami unleashed an unprecedented national and...
Tsunami: 10 years on from the mega-disaster that shaped today’s humanitarian system
26 Dec 2014
Remarks by UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, in Phang-Nga, Thailand.
Ten years ago today when the tsunami hit land it killed 230,000 people, and ruined the lives of many more. Entire villages were destroyed, wiping...
Philippines: A first-hand account of Typhoon Hagupit’s wrath
11 Dec 2014
“I thought I was prepared,” says Victor Lahai, an OCHA Humanitarian Affairs Officer in the Philippines. “But reality hit hard when I thought we might not make it through the night. The scenes outside were horrendous.”
Victor is referring to the night of 6 December...
2015 Global appeal: $16.4 billion to help 57 million people in 22 countries
8 Dec 2014
The UN and its humanitarian partners have launched an appeal for US$16.4 billion to help at least 57.5 million people affected by crises in 22 countries in 2015.
“Over 80 percent of those we intend to help are in countries mired in conflict where brutality and violence have had a...
Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan and the digital last mile
25 Nov 2014
Aid organizations are increasingly recognizing and prioritizing communication as a form of assistance – one as important as water, food and shelter. Without access to information, disaster survivors cannot access the help they need or make informed decisions about their recovery. ...