In his fourth blog about how we’ve responded to emergencies over the last 50 years, Mike Noyes remembers the tsunami that hit on Boxing Day, 2004.
On Boxing Day 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia unleashed a tsunami that ripped through villages in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. More than 230,000 people were killed, and millions of people from Sumatra to Somalia lost their homes, possessions and means of making a living.
Many of my colleagues have vivid memories of CAFOD’s response to the Boxing Day tsunami: the team saw what was happening on the news, and cut short their holidays to rush back into the office. Continue reading
Five years on from the Asian tsunami, people in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India have safer, more comfortable homes, secure jobs and are better prepared for disasters.
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Did you see the thickness of the doors on President Obama’s limo? Even the driver was opening and closing them like a vault at Fort Knox.
It seems incongruous to think of the “Beast” driving through the grey streets of London’s wharfland, carrying something so new age, so socio-politically now – an African-American president.
Old Father Thames has seen a lot of things, but he probably never expected this.
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I hope one day to have a daughter. And when she is growing up and has her own family she may well ask me why the world sat back and let climate change spiral out of control.
She may well ask why, when the world’s most notable scientists could agree that humankind had to act urgently and radically to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the world’s politicians could not unite in action.
“My parents are still in the village which is marooned by water and I have the responsibility of looking after my brother and sister”, six-year-old Munna tells me, who is sheltering in a camp in Madherpura.
At least 2.5 million people across seven districts were forced from their homes, in the northern Indian state of Bihar after monsoon rains caused a river to burst its banks.
Munna tells me that his parents are still living inside the village as they don’t want to leave their house for fear of losing whatever they could save from the flood.
“I have to provide food and protect them from any further danger”, he explains as his five-year-old sister Shilu busily eats some biscuits that Munna has collected from the relief camp. His youngest brother Bhola, 3, just sleeps.