The Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history, killed more than 230,000 people and affected millions of lives in over a dozen countries across Asia and East Africa. Shortly after the tsunami struck, the American Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Program and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) formed an innovative, five-year partnership to help survivors rebuild their communities as well as the natural environments on which they depend. By combining the humanitarian aid expertise of the American Red Cross with the environmental expertise of WWF, the partnership seeks to ensure long-lasting recovery by restoring livelihoods, protecting natural resources and strengthening communities against future disasters. The Green Recovery Program envisions a world in which local to global humanitarian and environmental recovery initiatives work toward stronger, more resilient communities grounded in healthy ecosystems.
Snake bites are primarily a problem in rural populations, where subsistent farming activities are a common means of income. A poor access to hospitals and clinics in this areas, as well as the scarcity of anti-venom can more often than not lead to considerable morbidity and morality. There are also cases where victims are unable to properly identify the snake that bit them, making it difficult to administer the proper antivenin. Therefore EFL has put together a venomous snakes identification guide which was freely distributed to the general public.
Many people are unsure as to what they should do once bitten by a snake. In most cases, snake bite victims fail to read hospitals in time, or do not seek immediate medical care as they first seek out treatment from traditional healers. As a result EFL has put together informative poster which explains what should and shouldn’t be done when bitten by a snake.
There is an urgent and pressing need to rebuild the infrastructure that was shattered by the tsunami of December 26 — and especially to re-house the hundreds of thousands of people whose homes have been destroyed or damaged severely.
Sri Lanka has long had a comprehensive legal framework relating to coastal management and development. This includes laws and regulations which govern building. Some of these address local concerns, and others take national and regional planning and development into consideration.
On the 26th of December 2004, South and South East Asian countries were hit by a tsunami, caused by an earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
The Tsunami has killed over 150,000 people in the region and over 35,000 in Sri Lanka alone. The tsunami is the worst natural disaster to affect Sri Lanka in living memory. It has given rise to a massive humanitarian crisis and is causing untold suffering to millions of people.