On the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed around 230,000 lives and left millions homeless in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Somalia and Malaysia. UK-based disaster relief and development charity Muslim Aid is still working to rebuild the devastated region.
The UN estimated that around five million people were affected across two continents, with significant impact felt from the earthquake’s epicentre in Aceh, Indonesia to as far away as South Africa.
In response to this humanitarian crisis, Muslim Aid began a programme of emergency relief, rehabilitation and long term developmental work in the affected countries.
Since 2005, Muslim Aid and its partners have provided 3,000 temporary shelters and 2,500 permanent houses for the disaster victims. This programme of relief and restoration was carried out despite numerous challenges faced in the wake of the disaster, including limited supplies and ongoing conflict in some regions.
Muslim Aid has also focused on better preparing the affected communities for the future by providing water and sanitation facilities, building flood mitigation systems and improving road and drainage. People have also benefitted from education and livelihood support. For example, along with the construction of houses in Somalia, Muslim Aid provided 80 fishing boats with nets and supplies to help those who had lost their living to the tsunami.
A spokesperson for Muslim Aid says: “During our relief work, we have ensured that the root causes of such a disaster are addressed and the interests of the communities affected are prioritised. By employing local people, using local materials and working with small contractors, those affected by the disaster played a key role in the reconstruction effort. Houses were also built in keeping with local character, and individual preferences were taken into account. By involving the community, the success of the relief effort was felt at all levels. In Sri Lanka, providing housing not only fulfilled a basic need but also helped calm tensions between ethnic groups, which were made worse by poverty and the lack of basic provisions.
“With the support of our generous donors and partners Muslim Aid spent more than £47m to rebuild tsunami affected areas in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Somalia. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our donors, volunteers and beneficiaries for their generous support and assistances to complete this mammoth task.”
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Notes to editors:
Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty.
Muslim Aid delivers relief and implements programmes in over 70 countries worldwide, working with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system.
Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, microfinance, income generation and care for orphans and destitute children. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing long-term sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just future.
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