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Update 6 on humanitarian activities of Red Cross and Red Crescent in response to the Asia quake and tsunamis disaster

Monday January 10, 2005

Red Cross and Red Crescent has so far reached over 200,000 affected people, and the relief activities are increasing. A summary of some of key relief activities and assistance provided so far:

  • Over 40 Red Cross relief flights sent out to affected regions

  • Some 17 Emergency Response Units (ERUs) specializing in water purification, health care, logistics and telecommunications have been deployed

  • Over 9,000 Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are providing survivors with food, clothes and other emergency assistance throughout the region

  • Additional 100 Red Cross aid workers deployed, 8 of them Australian Red Cross


INDONESIA Some 50 Red Cross aid workers on the ground

  • 3 More Red Cross flights arrived in Battam (logistics base) bringing 40 tons of supplies

  • Currently more than 600 Red Cross volunteers engaged in the response

  • Some 120 Disaster Response team members going to Banda Aceh to replace existing volunteers who are going out for debriefing and psychological support

  • Relief and logistics pipelines being established, 10 trucks arrived, 40 more to arrive

  • Relief for 20,000 people going to Meulaboh

  • Emergency food rations for 25,000 displaced delivered in Medan

  • Red Cross plans to provide items such as buckets, tarpaulins and clothing for up to 300,000 people in Aceh; to set up a 100-bed field hospital; and to provide additional equipment to increase the supply of clean water in IDPs camps areas

  • Currently there are 9 ERUs deployed in Indonesia, including Basic Health Care, Water & Sanitation, Telecommunications and Logistics ERUs

  • 32-person Disaster Response team in Meulaboh to provide medical and relief support

  • 2 hospitals in Aceh received medical supplies, including body bags from the ICRC.

  • In Meulaboh Red Cross is treating 300 patients, of which 80% of cases are for trauma, while a water & sanitation unit is producing clean water at the rate of 75,000 litres a day.

  • A plan of action is being prepared to provide emergency disaster response services for 50,000 families (250,000 people) in western and eastern Aceh over the next three months.

SRI LANKA Some 50 Red Cross aid workers on the ground

  • Supplies for 80,000 people flown into the country

  • Assistance delivered to 60,000 people (household items, bed sheets, buckets and cooking sets)

  • Currently 8 ERUs on the ground 3 Basic Health, 2 Water & Sanitation, 1 Telecommunications, 1 Logistics and 1 Relief Unit
    * Water & Sanitation ERU near Pottuvil hospital is producing 100,000 litres of clean water a day, while a Basic Health Care ERU is treating 80-100 patients per day.

  • Medical teams (doctors and volunteers) dispatched to 10 districts

  • 40,000 people being assisted and housed in 66 Red Cross camps

  • Thousands of Red Cross volunteers engaged throughout the country, delivering aid, assisting in first aid, providing mobile health care, cleaning wells etc

  • In Trincomalee, another Red Cross Basic Health Care ERU is seeing about 320 patients per day, in an area where there are more than 13,000 people still living in temporary shelter.


  • Red Cross is the lead agency for all food distributions

  • 57 trucks, each with 6-7 tons of relief goods, reached affected areas of Thailand

  • 60 Red Cross volunteers packing food, water and hygiene items for distribution

  • Mobile Red Cross Health teams treating people in 12 camps


Three hundred Red Cross volunteers are involved in relief distribution and directing people to hospital in branches across the country. Disaster mental health volunteers are carrying out relief work, psychological support and the burial of dead bodies. The Red Cross is continuing its services in the relief camps in Tamil Nadu through its 25 doctors and 15 ambulances. Altogether 10,000 family packs have been sent to the region.

The Red Cross will be sending 10 psychologists to address the psychosocial needs of those affected in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Society's disaster health response unit is also due to be sent to the islands.


Family kits including one (21kg) bag of rice, plastic sheeting for temporary shelter and cash contributions towards the purchase of housing materials have been sent to affected areas by the Red Cross.

So far, the Red Cross has distributed 310 family sets and 82 family packs. Food supplies (rice oil and pulse) are to be distributed soon.


Relief items including 500 blankets, 20,000 tins of beans and 10,000 tins of fish are expected to arrive shortly on the main island for distribution, while a seven member Red Cross Field Assessment and Co-ordination Team is working in the country.

To donate to Australian Red Cross Asia Quake and Tsunamis Appeal, log onto, call toll free 1800 811 700 or make a donation over the counter at any branch of theCommonwealth, St George Banks, Australian Credit Union in NT & SA, New England Credit Union or Adelaide Bank.

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