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Maldives: Tsunami: 2004/12/26 Country Information on DRR

Period 2004/12/26
Country or District Maldives
Event Type Tsunami
Outline Two-thirds of the Maldives capital has been flooded, 82 people dead, and 26 people are misssing after a series of tsunami waves triggered by the most powerful earthquake (9.0-magnitude) since 1964.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No. 18 (2005/01/14)
Dead: 81
Missing: 21
Displaced: 21,663
CNN News 2004/01/03
Dead 82
Missing: 22

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OCHA Situation Report No. 18 2005/01/14
Latest figures as of 14 January 2005

OCHA Situation Report No. 12 2005/01/05
As reported the latest figures are as: Number of deaths: 82 Number of people missing: 26

OCHA Situation Report No. 13 2005/01/06
Today, the United Nations and its partners launched a Flash Appeal to respond to the urgent and immediate needs of the communities severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit coastal areas in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Maldives, as well as Myanmar, Seychelles, and Somalia, on 26 December 2004.

OCHA Situation Report No. 11 2005/01/04
Severely affected atolls and islands (Thaa, Dhaalu, Meemu, Vaavu, Gaafu Alifu and Laamu) continue to report contamination of water and/or salinity in water as well as blocked or broken sewage systems.

OCHA Situation Report No. 10 2005/01/03
As of 3 January 2005, the death toll is 82, with 26 persons still missing.

OCHA Situation Report No. 9 2005/01/01
One third of the population remains severely affected, reliant for water and food on relief assistance.

OCHA Situation Report No. 7 2004/12/30
Drinking water sources are contaminated and the salination of the soil is killing the vegetation.

OCHA Situation Report No. 6 2004/12/29
54 people have been confirmed dead and the figure is expected to rise as 61 people are missing.

OCHA Situation Report No. 5 2004/12/28
According to the Government, some two thirds of the population are affected, with 100,000 severely affected and have suffered considerable damage to dwellings.

Reuters AlertNet 2004/12/27
Asia earthquake, tsunami death toll 23,263

OCHA Situation Report No. 4 2004/12/27
According to Government estimates, two thirds of the population are affected. Government sources confirm 52 deaths; 73 reported missing and the capital's hospitals received 160 injured people.

CNN News 2004/12/26
Massive waves triggered by a powerful earthquake temporarily covered several inhabited islands in the low-lying Maldives archipelago, south of India, according to the country's Foreign Minister Fathulla Jamil. At least three children were killed in the high waters on an island north of the capital, Male. However an accurate death toll has not been assessed because communications to the outlying islands have been cut off, Jamil said.

News from the President's Office 2004/12/26
The President has proclaimed a State of Emergency, following the National Disaster caused by the tsunami that swept the Maldives early this morning. Under the powers vested in the President by Article 42 (b) of the Constitution, the President declared the State of Emergency to facilitate disaster relief effects, assess the damage caused by the tsunami and carry out further mitigation measures.

News from the President's Office 2004/12/26
The President has formed a Ministerial Committee and a Taskforce to take the necessary steps following the national disaster caused by the tsunami that hit the Maldives around 9 in the morning, today. The Committee and Taskforce have been formed in order to facilitate ways to help those affected by this disaster, assess the damage caused by it, carry out further safety measures, and to aid the execution of any further emergency steps. 2004/12/27
At least one British tourist and 31 other people were killed when giant waves hit the tourist paradise of the Maldives, officials said today. Another 51 were said to be missing after the tsunamis, triggered by an earthquake off Indonesia.

Reuters AlertNet 2004/12/26
The Maldives declared a state of emergency on Sunday after a tsunami wave deluged the remote Indian Ocean island cluster and flooded two thirds of the capital, officials said, adding 10 people were feared dead.

Reuters AlertNet 2004/12/26
Maldives suffers great damage after Tsunami

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News from the President's Office 2004/12/26
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has pledged aid to the Maldives on a priority basis in the wake of the national disaster in the Maldives caused by the tsunami that struck the country this morning. Dr. Manmohan Singh said that the tsunami has also caused damage to India causing nearly 1600 casualties. President Gayoom thanked the Indian Prime Minister for pledging assistance to the Maldives at this time of national tragedy. He said that relief efforts were continuing and that foreign assistance plays an important role in this regard.