The Destruction from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Responses from the Maldives' Government

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The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the deadliest and most destructive in recent history. It was even catastrophic for a country like Maldives that never experienced disasters of such scale. While some of the islands in Maldives were completely destroyed and a significant number of lives lost; the damages to economy, infrastructure, environment and human psyche was immeasurable (Pardasani, 2006, p. 80). Having only dealt with storm surges and localized flooding, “there were no operational plans or capacity to deal with a disaster of this magnitude” in Maldives (Government of Maldives, et al., 2005, p. 9). Despite some organizational shortcomings, mostly owing to their lack of experience in managing large-scale disasters and limited…show more content…
Maldivian Scouts were the first among NGOs to respond by taking initiative to report to operation centre in Male. Scouts across the country were called to be on alert. The cadets and scouts remained in assisting aid workers in managing temporary accommodation and other delegated tasks. Following the destructions in islands, communities that were not affected by the tsunami took the initiative in supplying basic necessities to the neighbouring islands. A national plea for aid was broadcasted on national and private media (both television and radio station) and updates of tsunami and its affect were continuously reported on media channels (Haleem, A. & Yusuf, A., 2004) The only local NGOs with enough expertise in community outreach were Society for Health Education and Care Society which later took a leading role in psychosocial support and counselling in some focused communities (Pardasani, 2006). Prior to tsunami, the international organizations in Maldives were very limited. The organizations that existed were primarily focusing on education and health development (Brown, 2005). International aid agencies arrived in a very short time. The Pakistan Armed Forces assisted in

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