Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

AUS: Australian Experts To Help In Taiwan

23 September 1999

The Australian Government is sending Australian disaster response experts to help the United Nations disaster assessment and coordination team in Taiwan following the devastating earthquake.

Team members have been nominated by various emergency organisations around the country and include:

Gary Littlewood - Queensland Fire and Rescue

Wayne Staples - NSW Fire and Rescue

Martin Vandersanden - ACT Fire Brigade

Mark O'Connor - Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (Victoria)

David Kemp - South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

The team will assess search and rescue priorities as part of the UNDAC (United Nations Disaster and Assessment Coordination) team and will be based at the Emergency Response Centre in Taipei.

The five Australians will join Search and Rescue teams from around the world in their efforts to help the estimated 2,600 people still trapped under collapsed structures.

The Australian Government will cover the transport costs and expenses of the experts and has contracted Emergency Management Australia to facilitate the mission.

Latest reports confirm that this is a humanitarian disaster of major proportion. Over 2,000 lives have been lost and more than 3,800 people injured. There is widespread disruption of essential services.

The Australian Government has expressed our deep sympathy and condolences to the people of Taiwan. Australia is pleased to be able to make a contribution towards relieving the suffering of those directly affected.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

New IPCC Report: ‘Unprecedented Changes’ Needed To Limit Global Warming

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require “far-reaching and unprecedented changes,” such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, says a special report that finds some of the actions needed are already under way, but the world must move faster… More>>

ALSO:

Jamal Khashoggi: UK, France, Germany Join Calls For Credible Investigation

Germany, the United Kingdom and France share the grave concern expressed by others including HRVP Mogherini and UNSG Guterres, and are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness. More>>

ALSO:

MSF Not Wanted: Nauru Government Shows Continued Callousness

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today. More>>

ALSO:

Sulawesi Quake, Tsunami: Aid Response Begins

Oxfam and its local partners are standing by to deploy emergency staff and resources to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, as an estimated 1.5 million people are thought to be affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit on Friday. More>>

ALSO:

Decriminalising Same-Sex Relationships: UN Rights Chief Applauds Indian Decision

“This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights," Bachelet said. "With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC