Special focus: Volunteers' role in 2004 tsunami relief & recovery
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02 January 2005
A Thai volunteer's tsunami story 
A nameless Thai volunteer recounts how she and her friends help retrieve bodies in Phuket, Thailand. They translated Thai to English and other European languages, enabling rescuers and family members to communicate and find dead relatives and loved ones.  Visit site

02 January 2005
Ham radio to the rescue in tsunami-hit Andaman 
When tsunami waves broke all communication lines across India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands, ham radio came to the rescue. Pharati Prasad, India's foremost amateur ham radio operator, was attempting a new transmission record here when the Dec 26 earthquake followed by the giant waves hit the archipelago.  Visit site

01 January 2005
Indian citizens outdo officials in aid efforts for tsunami victims 
As the first chilling images of the death and devastation caused by the tsunami flashed on Indian television Sunday, Tara Kaushal, 21, a freelance writer and accessories designer, started receiving text messages from friends on her cell phone.  Read article

01 January 2005
Techies take up relief works in Nagapattinam 
Several groups of young software engineers from Bangalore and Chennai have arrived at various parts of Nagapattinam district to carry out relief operations. These groups, comprising professionals from companies like Wipro, Infosys, Accenture, AdventNet, Xerago, arrived on Friday night. They have brought with them generous contributions of their fellow employees to help those affected in the district, the worst-affected in Tamil Nadu.  Visit site

01 January 2005
Civilians fill aid void in Indonesia while govt falters 
Red fire trucks, pickup trucks, four-wheel drives and large buses — all loaded with instant noodles, sugar, rice and coffee. There is little central organization to this aid effort, and even less government involvement. It is the work of community groups, mosques, government employees and students whose efforts sprang up spontaneously in the wake of the Indonesian island of Sumatra's shocking, and rising, death toll from Sunday's tsunami.  Visit site

01 January 2005
Indians in US organize relief funds 
As the death toll climbs‚ local Indian groups in the United Sates of America have decided to band together to help provide relief to their reeling homeland. Local Indian organizations hope to raise $100‚000 at an event they have scheduled for January 22.  Visit site

31 December 2004
Red Cross volunteers' relief effort for tsunami victims in full swing 
With the number of those killed in the devastating Asian earthquake and tsunamis rising to over 120,000, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies has put in place what looks set to be its largest emergency relief operation ever.  Read article

31 December 2004
Red Cross volunteers' relief effort in full swing 
The initial response by Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers in the vital first few days of the crisis in evacuating survivors and providing emergency relief materials is being bolstered by an international operation which will assist over two million people in the most vulnerable communities affected by the crisis over the next six months.  Visit site

30 December 2004
UN volunteers help coordinate relief for tsunami victims in South Asia 
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, in coordination with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Offices and the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), is deploying volunteers in several South Asian countries to help governments, NGOs and other UN agencies provide relief to thousands of people who have lost their homes and family members in the tsunamis of 26 December.  Read article

30 December 2004
Rotary world rallies to aid victims of deadly quake and tsunami  
The death toll has risen to more than 100,000 in the dozen or more countries hit by the devastating tsunami that swept ashore from the Indian Ocean on 26 December. Rotarians around the world have responded to this tragedy with an outpouring of condolences and offers of support to the victims of the disaster.  Visit site


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