Tsunami: One Year Later

Map of Tsunami Region

Politics and Relief

  • A new impatience one year on
    Jeremy Seabrook takes on the notion of western generosity one year after the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster
  • Asia's Post-Tsunami Future
    The Asians are still coming -- amidst the devastation, though, is an opportunity to look at challenges and opportunities anew, say Fan Gang, Michael Garrett and Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Coverage Critiques

Pan-Asia Resources

United Nations

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    The UNDP provides extensive news, statistics and maps about the damage caused by the tsunami and the reconstruction efforts in its aftermath. In addition to country-by-country statistics, the website also catalogues the UN response to the tragedy in each country.
  • United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
    UNOG assesses the financial aspects of reconstruction efforts. The website catalogues all tsunami-related expenditure by various UN organizations in each country. The website also tracks the expenditure on reconstruction and development by various non-UN organizations such as Oxfam and the Red Cross.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
    The FAO website is useful for its thematic focus on various pan-Asian issues regarding reconstruction. The website is most useful for its resources on local networks involved in reconstruction. In addition to extensive lists of UN and FAO contacts in affected countries, the website provides information about networks of local and active Civil Society Organizations.
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    The WHO provides three- and six-month reports as well as country-specific information, mental health alerts and sanitation concerns. Mark Jones of Reuters AlertNet (PDF) analyzes tsunami coverage over time relative to previous disasters.Critiques of tsunami coverage and discussions of how to improve coverage from both media and relief professionals were also included.


  • Oxfam International
    Oxfam's website provides news updates from across Asia about development work and reconstruction efforts in affected countries. The website has regular pan-Asian situation updates from Dec. 2004 through June 2005 that detail the progress of the organization's reconstruction work. The website also provides articles and stories from Oxfam affiliates across Asia.
  • Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
    ADPC is involved in implementing sustainable disaster reduction schemes and raising awareness about disaster management skills. The website is the most extensive resource available to a journalist about the latest developments in disaster management in Asia, and also provides information about disaster management training and disaster reduction workshops that are organized regularly across the region.