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Tsunami Asia December 2004

Satellite Images

Tsunami before and after images provided free to GDIN per request to partners for useful information on the Tsunami crisis.


AndamanIsland_India_28Dec04.pdf (196KB .pdf)
BandaAceh_Indonesia_29Dec04.pdf (88KB .pdf)
ChennaiNorth_IN_28Dec04.pdf (328KB .pdf)
Chennai_Central_IN_28Dec04.pdf (396KB .pdf)
Chennai_India_28Dec04.pdf (236KB .pdf)
Nagappatinam_India_29Dec04.pdf (164KB .pdf)
Tranquebar_India_29Dec04.pdf (268KB .pdf)


OCHA Situation Report No. 6 (996K .pdf)
IOM Status Report on the Disaster in Aceh Province (120KB .pdf)

Tsunami Assistance Drive

For those wishing to assist in the crisis, there are any number of worthy organizations coordinating assistance.

GDIN recommends contributing to your local Red Cross chapter who will use those funds to purchase clothing and food and medicine.

UNICEF is also a good choice, due to their focus on Children.

If you wish to contribute to GDIN to help it purchase critical disaster satellite data, send your contribution to GDIN, 5667 Stone Road, No 410, Centreville, Va 20120, USA.

In addition, we want to highlight member NGO's of Interaction, the largest NGO umbrella body in the United States. Many of its members are provided direct relief. Details follows.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Kirsten Hongisto, 202-667-8227 x108; December 27, 2004

  1. Action Against Hunger 247 West 37th Street New York, NY 10018 212-967-7800 ADRA International Asia Quake Fund 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904 800-424-ADRA (2372) Air Serv International 6583 Merchant Place, Suite 100 Warrenton, VA 20187 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. JDC-South Asia Tsunami Relief P.O. Box 321 847A Second Avenue New York, New York 10017 212-885-0832 American Jewish World Service 45 W. 36th St., 10th Fl. New York, NY 10018 212-736-2597 AmeriCares 88 Hamilton Ave Stamford, CT 06902 800-486-4357 Baptist World Aid Asia Tidal Waves 405 North Washington Street Falls Church, VA 22046 703 790 8980
  2. B'nai B'rith International B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund 2020 K. Street NW 7th Floor Washington, DC 20006 212-490-3290
  3. Brother's Brother Foundation 1200 Galveston Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-321-3160 CARE 151 Ellis Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303 800-521-CARE Catholic Relief Services 209 West Fayette Street Baltimore, MD 21201 800-HELP-CRS Christian Children's Fund Child Alert Fund PO Box 26484 Richmond, Virginia - 23261-6484 800-776-6767
  4. Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) South Asia Earthquake 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI, 49560 800-55-CRWRC Church World Service PO Box 968 Elkhart, IN 46515 800-297-1516 Direct Relief International 27 South La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 805-964-4767 Food for the Hungry, Inc. Food for the Hungry Asia Quake Relief 1224 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 800-2-HUNGERS
  5. International Aid 17011 W. Hickory Spring Lake, MI 49456 800-968-7490
  6. International Medical Corps Tsunami Emergency Response 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300 Santa Monica, CA 90404-1950 800-481-4462
  7. International Relief Teams Asia Earthquake/Floods 3547 Camino Del Rio South, Suite C San Diego, CA 92108 619-284-7979 International Rescue Committee PO Box 5058 Hagerstown, MD 21741-9874 877-REFUGEE or 733-8433 Latter-Day Saint Charities Welfare Services Emergency Response 50 East North Temple Street, Room 701 Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-6800 801-240-3544
  8. Lutheran World Relief South Asia Tsunami 700 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21230 410-230-2700 MAP International P.O. Box 215000 Brunswick, GA 31521 800-225-8550 Mercy Corps Southeast Asia Earthquake Dept. W PO Box 2669 Portland, OR 97208-2669 800-852-2100 Operation USA 8320 Melrose Ave. #200 Los Angeles, CA 90069 800-678-8876 Oxfam America Asian Earthquake Fund PO Box 1211 Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211 800-77-OXFAM Plan USA Asia Disaster 155 Plan Way Warwick, RI 02886 800-556-7918
  9. Project Concern International Asia Tsunamis Press List 5151 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 320 San Diego, CA 92123 858-279-9690
  10. Project HOPE Asia Tsunami Response 255 Carter Hall Lane Millwood, VA 22646 800-544-4673
  11. SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office) South Asia Relief Fund 615 Slaters Lane Alexandria, VA, 22313 800-SALV-ARMY Save the Children USA 54 Wilton Road Westport, CT 06880 1-800-728-3843 Stop Hunger Now SE Asia crisis 2501 Clark Ave, Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27607 888-501-8440 US Fund for UNICEF General Emergency Fund 333 E. 38th Street New York, NY 10016 800-4-UNICEF World Concern Asia Earthquake and Tsunami 19303 Fremont Avenue North Seattle, WA 98133 800-755-5022
  12. World Emergency Relief 2270-D Camino Vida Roble Carlsbad, CA 92009 760-930-8001 World Vision P.O. Box 70288 Tacoma, WA 98481-0288 800-56-CHILD
  13. Action Against Hunger (Dec 27, 04) Action Against Hunger has responded to the earthquake and aftershocks in south Asia by providing immediate assistance to the tsunami victims of Sri Lanka in Batticaloa, Trincomalee, and Jaffna. This includes construction of temporary latrines, trucking in water, and transportation of bodies to hospitals for identification. Assessments of need are under way in Indonesia and Burma, and more staff will arrive in the next few days to assist with relief efforts in the region. A shipment of additional emergency water and sanitation materials (water tanks, pumps and treatment supplies) will arrive in Sri Lanka within 24 hours.
  14. ADRA International (Dec 27, 04) ADRA's initial response has been working with one of the main hospitals in Phuket, Thailand. The situation is also being assessed in all affected countries and additional responses will be coordinated with other NGO's to prevent duplication of services and maximize resources. Donations for this reponse are being accepted under the Asia Quake Fund.
  15. Air Serv Interational (Dec 27, 04) Air Serv has affiliates in the area around Indonesia.
  16. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. (Dec 27, 04) American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will work with partners on the ground to provide emergency supplies to victims of the tsunamis in South Asia.
  17. American Jewish World Service (Dec 27, 04) For several years, AJWS has partnered with 22 non-governmental, community-based organizations in the region on sustainable community development projects. AJWS is working with these local groups to assess needs and provide emergency relief food, water, shelter and medicine and long-term development support.
  18. AmeriCares (Dec 27, 04) In response to the earthquake and tsunamis that have devastated South Asia, AmeriCares is mobilizing a major airlift to Sri Lanka and planning additional relief shipments to other affected countries including Indonesia, India, and Thailand. The emergency airlift to Sri Lanka will deliver critically needed medicines and medical supplies, personal hygiene items, and water purification treatments to provide four million liters of clean drinking water to the affected areas.
  19. Baptist World Aid (Dec 27, 04) Baptist World Aid is receiving donations of money, preferably by check, to channel to Baptist and other Christian groups in the effected countries. Many of these agencies are already offering immediate relief to those suffering from these tsunamis. Teams of Disaster relief workers, and Search and rescue teams are on stand by.
  20. B'Nai B'Rith International (Dec 27, 04) B'nai B'rith International will open its Disaster Relief Fund to assist with the relief effort for victims of the earthquake and tsunami victims in South Asia who have been killed or left homeless. Contributions can be made payable to B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief and sent to B'nai B'rith International, 2020 K. Street, NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20006 or via a secure served at
  21. Brother's Brother Foundation (Dec 27, 04) BBF, working with Operation USA, Sri Venkateswara Temple(Pittsburgh, PA)and others, will be offering to provide requested medications such as pediatric and adult antibiotics and drugs for malaria to those in need in India and SriLanka. BBF is requesting additional medical donations. BBF will accept medical gifts-in-kind.
  22. CARE (Dec 27, 04) CARE is responding in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand, mainly through the distribution of critical supplies.
  23. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) (Dec 27, 04) In one of the largest initial responses for emergency assistance in South and Southeast Asia, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has committed at least $500,000 to provide shelter and immediate healthcare needs to thousands devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunamis that hit the Bay of Bengal December 26. CRS and local partners immediately mobilized to the hardest hit areas of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. CRS response is expected to climb into the millions in order to meet emergency needs and for the subsequent rebuilding and rehabilitation of the region.
  24. Christian Children's Fund (CCF) (Dec 27, 04) CCF is providing assistance in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia, where emergency teams are on the ground. CCF is distributing blankets, utensils, and food. In addition, CCF will be assessing the special needs of children and will provide additional interventions. More detailed information can be found at:
  25. Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) (Dec 27, 04) CRWRC has released $30,000 to purchase and distribute emergency food, water, and other supplies in Northern Sumatra (Indonesia), Sri Lanka, and coastal India. This response, and any additional future programming, will be carried out through CRWRC's local partners Eficor (India), the Southernpart Sumatra Christian Church (Indonesia), and the Dutch Reformed Church of Sri Lanka.
  26. Church World Service (CWS) (Dec 27, 04) Church World Service (CWS) is undertaking a regional response to this emergency. Initially, Church World Service is responding with efforts in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. A team of Church World Service staff members in Indonesia will be assessing the affected province of Aceh and CWS expects to provide material assistance to disaster survivors there. In Sri Lanka, Church World Service is planning to deploy an emergency assistance team from its regional office in Pakistan/Afghanistan and will be supporting efforts by the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL). In India, CWS supporting efforts by Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA), a long-time CWS partner, which is deploying two assessment teams to travel to the affected coastal areas.
  27. Direct Relief International (Dec 27, 04) Since 1948, Direct Relief International has worked to improve the quality of life for people in need. We focus on health by providing essential material resources to locally run health programs in poor areas around the world and during times of disaster. More detailed information can be found at:
  28. Food for the Hungry (Dec 27, 04) Food for the Hungry is providing food, blankets, clothing & shelter as a first priority to Asia quake victims. Substantial relief will follow. To donate online: To donate via phone: 1-800-2-HUNGERS. More details how FH is responding: and
  29. International Aid (Dec 27, 04) International Aid is seeking financial support to ship medical and other relief supplies to help victims of Sunday's 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Based in Michigan, the health focused Christian relief and develpment organization is responding with emergency and sustainable health care clinics for populations of 10,000. The agency has multiple clinics that can be shipped on very short notice.
  30. International Medical Corps (IMC) (Dec 27, 04) International Medical Corps (IMC) is responding to the emergency health needs in Aceh, Indonesia. IMC is conducting an emergency assessment and preparing for the possible airlift of supplies to the region. IMC is coordinating its Indonesia relief operations with national and international disaster authorities.
  31. International Relief Teams (IRT) (Dec 27, 04) IRT is accepting funds to help send desperately needed emergency medicines and supplies, and possibly emergency medical teams, to where they are most needed among the countries and communities most severely affected by the recent earthquake in Indonesia and subsequent flooding in neighboring countries.
  32. International Rescue Committee (IRC) (Dec 27, 04) The International Rescue Committee has been operating relief programs in Northern Sumatra Provence of Aceh since 2001. In response to the recent tsunami, IRC's staff will respond with emergency water & sanitation interventions to prevent the spread of water-born diseases and provide emergency supplies and materials to people most affected by the crisis.
  33. Latter-Day Saint Charities (Dec 27, 04) Latter-day Saint Charities is providing medical and other emergency relief supplies. An assessment team is traveling to the affected countries.
  34. Lutheran World Relief (Dec 27, 04) Lutheran World Relief has released $20,000 to local partners for initial and immediate relief from the tsunamis. Funds will be used to provide up to 50,000 people with clean water and food in southern India; we are accepting funds via our "South Asia Tsunami" fund at
  35. MAP International (Dec 27, 04) MAP International staff have begun preparing a shipment of medicines and medical supplies for the communities devasted by the tsunami on Sunday. Initial medical relief will target areas affected in Sri Lanka and Southern India. More information about MAP's response is available on the MAP web page:
  36. Mercy Corps (Dec 27, 04) Mercy Corps has deployed several humanitarian aid workers from its Indonesia and Sumatra field offices in addition to a U.S.-based Global Emergency Operations team member to visit the devastated areas and assess emergency assistance needs.
  37. Operation USA (Dec 27, 04) Operation USA is providing funds and emergency supplies to program partners in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.
  38. Oxfam America (Dec 27, 04) Oxfam is working with its local partners in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to distribute food, water, plastic sheeting and other relief supplies.
  39. Plan USA (Dec 27, 04) Plan USA is accepting funds for disaster relief efforts in devastated areas of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia.
  40. Project Concern International (PCI) (Dec 27, 04) PCI is in a unique situation to respond to the needs of villages in some of the hardest hit areas around Chennai in Tamil Nadu since local staff are there, their families are well-known locally, and PCI has an operational presence in Tamil Nadu about 300 kilometers away. PCI will work closely with its local staff and other development and relief agencies to assess the situation (both needs and resources), as well as to coordinate on a response to the most pressing needs.
  41. Project HOPE (Dec 27, 04) Project HOPE will be responding to the disaster in south Asia with appropriate medical humanitarian assistance -- initially in Thailand, possibly in other affected countries, as need and resource and logistic questions are answered. We are seeking cash contributions from to support the shipments of medicines and medical supplies. Medical products accepted from the manufacturers as gifts-in-kind.
  42. SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office) (Dec 27, 04) Salvation Army personnel are based in many of the devastated areas and from the outset Salvation Army teams have been in the forefront of offering aid and relief to the people caught up in this unexpected tragedy. Salvation Army volunteers have been feeding over 1,200 people in the Kanyakumari and Muttom areas and many Army facilities are being used to provide feeding sites and emergency shelter throughout the region. Teams of local Salvation Army assessment personnel have been dispatched to assist the government and other agencies in their efforts to determine what the most pressing needs of the affected communities are. Save the Children USA (Dec 27, 04) Save the Children, which has been operating programs in areas hardest hit by the tidal waves for 30 years, is moving quickly to meet the basic needs of children and their families in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. Stop Hunger Now (SHN) (Dec 27, 04) SHN will be working to channel aid to several partner organizations throughout the hardest hit regions. As an immediate response, funds will be wired as they are received. If requested by implementing partners, SHN will also coordinate shipping emergency food and needed relief commodities.
  43. U.S. Fund for UNICEF (Dec 27, 04) UNICEF is responding wherever help is needed by providing immediate relief and delivering emergency supplies. To help support UNICEF's emergency relief efforts, please visit or call 800-4UNICEF and please specify Southeast Asia Earthquake Relief.
  44. World Concern (Dec 27, 04) World Concern will provide emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation to Tsunami victims in southern Thailand and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka we are working through local government agencies and churches, and providing medical support.
  45. World Emergency Relief (Dec 27, 04) Cash and emergency commodities are being sent to Sri Lanka and Thailand. Commodities include food, new clothing and basic medical supplies. Our assessment team will secure delivery pipelines by New Year's Day. Gifts-in-Kind currently being accepted are: bulk food, over-the-counter medications, new clothing. ALL must be program appropriate for stricken region.
  46. World Vision (Dec 27, 04) World Vision is currently has assessment teams in Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia out in the field. We has already started doing relief distributions of food and non-food items in Sri Lanka and India. World Vision expects to increase the scope of their intervention once the teams have reported back.