Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ecuador earthquake leaves 120,000 children temporarily out of school - UNICEF | Press centre | UNICEF

Ecuador earthquake leaves 120,000 children temporarily out of school - UNICEF | Press centre | UNICEF: "EW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO, Ecuador, 26 April 2016 – More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education, UNICEF said today.  
 
“Education is a lifeline for children going through the trauma of chaos and destruction,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador. “It helps give them a daily routine and a sense of purpose and puts them on track for psychological recovery.” "



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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Japan's Abe orders extra budget for earthquake reconstruction | Reuters

Japan's Abe orders extra budget for earthquake reconstruction | Reuters: "Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his government on Sunday to compile an extra budget package to fund reconstruction from recent earthquakes that hit the south of the country, with an aim to put it into effect by June 1."



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Monday, April 25, 2016

More than 4,000 houses judged in ‘unsafe’ state in Kumamoto:The Asahi Shimbun

More than 4,000 houses judged in ‘unsafe’ state in Kumamoto:The Asahi Shimbun: "KUMAMOTO--More than 4,000 of the houses damaged in the series of earthquakes were assessed as "unsafe" in seven hard-hit municipalities in Kumamoto Prefecture as of April 23, the Kumamoto prefectural government announced on April 24.

The preliminary figure of 4,062 is the fourth largest in recent decades following an estimated 12,000 in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, 6,476 in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake and 5,243 in the 2004 Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake."



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​When disaster relief brings anything but relief - CBS News

​When disaster relief brings anything but relief - CBS News: "Many of the well-meaning articles we Americans donate in times of disaster turn out to be of no use to those in need. Sometimes, they even get in the way. That's a message relief organizations very much want us to heed. Our Cover Story is reported now by Scott Simon of NPR:

When Nature grows savage and angry, Americans get generous and kind. That's admirable. It might also be a problem.

"Generally after a disaster, people with loving intentions donate things that cannot be used in a disaster response, and in fact may actually be harmful," said Juanita Rilling, director of the Center for International Disaster Information in Washington, D.C. "And they have no idea that they're doing it.""



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Nepal remembers quake victims - The Japan News

Nepal remembers quake victims - The Japan News: "KATMANDU (AFP-Jiji) — Nepal held memorial services on Sunday for the thousands killed in a massive earthquake one year ago, as victims still living in tents accused the government of failing them.

The 7.8-magnitude quake killed nearly 9,000 people and about four million survivors are still living in temporary shelters, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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Neighboring prefectures send disaster specialists to quake-hit Kumamoto | The Japan Times

Neighboring prefectures send disaster specialists to quake-hit Kumamoto | The Japan Times: "Other areas in Japan with extensive experience in dealing with natural disasters have dispatched personnel to Kumamoto to help the prefecture cope with the deadly earthquakes that struck Kyushu.

Officials with expertise are helping to manage shelters for displaced residents and to dispose of the extensive rubble, among other work, in the disaster-hit areas.

The experts are from governments including Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, which were hit hardest by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami."



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Thai artists hold charity concert for quake victims in Japan, Ecuador | The Japan Times

Thai artists hold charity concert for quake victims in Japan, Ecuador | The Japan Times: "BANGKOK – More than 50 Thai artists performed at a charity concert in Bangkok on Saturday to raise funds for earthquake victims in Japan and Ecuador.

The Sing for Friends event was organized by actor Chanon Rikulsurakan, who recently spent about a month filming a movie in quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture."



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Theirworld charity launches virtual reality appeal on Nepal earthquake anniversary to get kids back in school - CBS News

Theirworld charity launches virtual reality appeal on Nepal earthquake anniversary to get kids back in school - CBS News: "LONDON-- To appreciate the scale of the emergency still facing Nepal's children a year after an earthquake shook the country to its core, you have to see it and hear it -- you have to feel it.

So a children's charity is bringing you right into the heart of the disaster, from the comfort of your own home."



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After the Earthquake: One Year Later — Medium

After the Earthquake: One Year Later — Medium: "After the Earthquake: One Year Later
April 25, 2016 marks the 1-year anniversary of the 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake — the first in a series of tremors — that devastated the Kathmandu Valley.
The day after the first earthquake, Splash staff in Nepal began surveying the damage at their partner schools, realizing they were the first relief aid to arrive. “The schools were very amazed,” said Kriti Baidya, a Partner Support Coordinator at Splash Nepal. Not one of Splash’s hard-wired water filtration systems had been permanently damaged. "



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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ecuadoreans in earthquake zone jostle for food, water | Reuters

Ecuadoreans in earthquake zone jostle for food, water | Reuters: "Survivors of an earthquake that killed 570 people and shattered Ecuador's coast clamored for food, water and medicine on Thursday as aid eluded more remote parts of the disaster zone.

President Rafael Correa's socialist government, facing a mammoth rebuilding task at a time of slashed oil revenues in the OPEC nation, said there was no lack of supplies - just problems with distribution that should be quickly resolved."



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Ecuador’s Millionaires to Help Fund Earthquake Disaster Relief

Ecuador’s Millionaires to Help Fund Earthquake Disaster Relief: "Correa laid out his funding plans late Wednesday, the BBC reports. For one year, Ecuador’s sales tax will rise from 12 percent to 14 percent; people with assets worth $1 million or higher will have to pay a one off sum to the value of 0.9 percent of their wealth; citizens earning more than $1,000 a month will give back one day’s salary, up to five days salary for those people earning $5,000 a month; and the state will sell off some of its holdings."



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BY THE NUMBERS: The toll from Japan’s twin earthquakes - The Washington Post

BY THE NUMBERS: The toll from Japan’s twin earthquakes - The Washington Post: "The first of two back-to-back earthquakes struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu one week ago Thursday night. Here is a look, by the numbers, at the quakes and their aftermath."



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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Japan earthquake: Death toll reaches 48, over 100,000 people homeless - Firstpost

Japan earthquake: Death toll reaches 48, over 100,000 people homeless - Firstpost: "More than 100,000 people are homeless or have fled their homes as aftershocks continue to shake the area. Many are living in cramped conditions in shelters or even their cars, with limited food and water."



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Poor planning hinders relief efforts - The Japan News

Poor planning hinders relief efforts - The Japan News: " Evacuation shelters in Kumamoto Prefecture, established after the first in a series of earthquakes struck on Thursday night, are facing an increasingly serious shortage of commodities. Though relief goods are being distributed to the prefecture from across the country, disrupted traffic networks, confusion and shortages of manpower in local governments have prevented them from being adequately distributed to people affected by the earthquakes. The situation has shed light on what were overly optimistic assumptions about disaster preparedness."



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Are major Japan and Ecuador earthquakes related? | KIRO-TV

Are major Japan and Ecuador earthquakes related? | KIRO-TV: "The devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Ecuador came nearly a day after Japan’s twin earthquakes last week, both measuring over 6.5 magnitudes.
 
A magnitude-6.9 quake hit Myanmar on Wednesday.
 
Hundreds of lives were lost in the disasters.
 
What feels like an ongoing series of quakes might make you ask why so many big quakes have been reported recently.
 
Generally, seismic experts said you should not be alarmed by the number of destructive quakes in the last few days."



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Japan quake relief work continues amid aftershocks - BBC News

Japan quake relief work continues amid aftershocks - BBC News: "Relief efforts are continuing in southern Japan amid hundreds of aftershocks after two deadly quakes.
At least 100,000 people are still thought to be living in emergency accommodation, some living in their cars enduring cold temperatures.
The US military has joined tens of thousands of Japanese troops and emergency services personnel in the relief effort."



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Japan Earthquake Update: 250,000 People To Leave Homes Amid Further Quake Fears While Economic Impact Spreads

Japan Earthquake Update: 250,000 People To Leave Homes Amid Further Quake Fears While Economic Impact Spreads: "Nearly 25,000 people have been urged to leave their homes amid fears of more earthquakes in Japan after two quakes struck on Thursday and Friday, leaving 42 people dead, an aid agency told BBC. A series of earthquakes measuring up to magnitude 7.3 struck southwestern manufacturing hub of Kumamoto, leading several firms to suspend operations fearing damages. 

Japanese Red Cross Society's advisor Naoki Kokawa told BBC Monday that more medical teams were being dispatched to evacuation centers while rescuers continue to search the rubble for survivors. Police told local media that 11 people were reported missing while more than 1,000 people were injured."



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Ecuador earthquake: how you can help | SBS News

Ecuador earthquake: how you can help | SBS News: "More than 240 people have been killed in a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador on Sunday and many people are still trapped.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have already deployed more than 800 volunteers and staff members to the affected areas to help in the rescue and search operations.

They are also working to provide psychosocial support and first aid, while the Ecuador Red Cross has mobilised hospital units and health teams."



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Did This New Nonprofit Crack The Code For Building Developing World Housing? | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Did This New Nonprofit Crack The Code For Building Developing World Housing? | Co.Exist | ideas + impact: "Last June, a brand-new nonprofit set a giant goal: Over the summer, they would crowdfund enough money to build an entire neighborhood—100 homes—for earthquake victims in Haiti. They raised the money in 90 days, and by this March ended up building 151 homes, where more than 1,200 people now live."



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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

UK Community Foundations raise £14.6m for flood recovery appeal

UK Community Foundations raise £14.6m for flood recovery appeal: "The UK Community Foundations Winter Flood Recovery Appeal has raised over £14.6m for areas of Northern England and Scotland affected by the winter floods in 2015/16.
In a statement released today, UKCF confirmed that it had reached the £14.6m milestone following confirmation from the government that it would match the funding pound for pound."



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Friday, February 26, 2016

Cyclone Winston Leaves Tens Of Thousands Homeless In Fiji

Cyclone Winston Leaves Tens Of Thousands Homeless In Fiji: "Tens of thousands of Fijians remain homeless and living in evacuation shelters in the aftermath of a devastating cyclone at the weekend, officials said on Thursday, as aid began trickling in to the outer reaches of the South Pacific archipelago."



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Australia, New Zealand deploy amphibious ships on relief mission to Fiji | IHS Jane's 360

Australia, New Zealand deploy amphibious ships on relief mission to Fiji | IHS Jane's 360: "Australia has deployed its Canberra-class amphibious ship on a HADR mission for the first time
Mission will prove out the Canberra class' humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has deployed the first-of-class amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra (L 02) to support relief efforts in Fiji after the country was struck by a tropical cyclone on 20 February."



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Singapore Red Cross commits S$70,000 worth in aid to Fiji cyclone victims - Channel NewsAsia

Singapore Red Cross commits S$70,000 worth in aid to Fiji cyclone victims - Channel NewsAsia: "SINGAPORE: The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) announced on Friday (Feb 26) that it will distribute US$50,000 (S$70,000) in relief items such as tarpaulin sheets, shelters and hygiene kits to Fiji communities affected by Cyclone Winston. 

The category-five super storm last weekend left tens of thousands of Fijians homeless, and killed at least 44. 

“We are working closely with the international Red Cross Movement and our partners on-ground to ascertain the immediate to mid-term needs," said SRC Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer Benjamin William."



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