Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Response To Asian Earthquake “A Disgrace”

9 November 2005

Response To Asian Earthquake “A Disgrace”

One month on from the Asian earthquake, Save the Children is calling on the international community to dramatically scale up its response.

The earthquake has claimed nearly 80,000 lives and unless more is done to assist the reported 3.5 million homeless and 79,000 injured, thousands more could die from disease and exposure, the charity warns.

Executive Director of Save the Children New Zealand John Bowis says: "Governments have been much slower to release funding than after the tsunami, despite the fact that there are over 50% more people displaced and we are racing against the harsh Himalayan winter. Every day, it is getting colder and people will not survive long in the open or in makeshift shelters. Young children are particularly vulnerable. Our teams on the ground urgently need additional funds now to reach these families before it is too late."

One month on from the devastating earthquake less than a quarter of the $US 550m appealed for by the United Nations has been pledged, and nearly half of this figure ($US 60m) remains undelivered. Save the Children is spending $US 6.9m in the region but this will run out in another month, and thousands more may die unnecessarily unless further funds are secured.

“It is a disgrace that the international community has committed such a small proportion of what the UN
has asked for - one month later - and with winter closing in," says Toby Porter, Save the Children UK’s Emergencies Director. "Within days of the quake, the message from the UN was clear. The world needed to provide both an instant and a massive response. The challenges we are facing today were all predicted. The international community should collectively hang its head in shame.”

The scale of the international response to the UN appeal is in stark contrast to that for the tsunami, when international donors pledged over $US 700m for immediate emergency relief in the first two weeks.

Tsunami Kashmir Earthquake
Number of dead >200,000 >75,000
Number of homeless c. 2 million >3.5 million
Initial UN appeal $US 977m $US 550m
Pledges to UN appeal, one month on $US 775m (79%) $US 131m (24%)
NZ Government pledge $NZ 68m $NZ 1.5m
Average temperature at night, one month on 22°C and stable 0°C and falling

The earthquake destroyed 70% of houses in the affected areas and damaged the remainder, leaving up to 3.5 million people in 15,000 villages homeless and in need of medical care, water and sanitation support.

Save the Children New Zealand requests donations urgently via freephone 0800 167 168 or online at www.savethechildren.org.nz. All donations are directed through to the International Save the Children Alliance-led emergency programme, operational on both sides of the Pakistan/India border.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mayor of Auckland: Alert Level Change Welcome News

Mayor Phil Goff says the government’s decision to move Auckland to Level 2 from 6am on Sunday will be welcome news for all Aucklanders.
“Moving strongly and quickly to contain this outbreak has once again proved effective in stopping the spread of community transmission and I thank all the Aucklanders who have followed the rules of Level 3 over the past week,” he says... More>>


Earthquakes: Tsunami Activity – Cancelled

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning's earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.
The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas... More>>

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>


Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>

Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels