It’s the People who Matter

When disaster strikes, there are the people who are affected and then there are the people who are in a position to help out – it is often easy to think that these are different groups of people.  However, any outside organisation that is in a position to provide meaningful help will be highly dependent…

First Days of the Deployment in Nepal

    We have been receiving a number of short progress reports from  the first phase of our deployment in Nepal.  They are summarised below to give our readers an insight into what it is like on the ground during the first stages of a deployment. Wednesday 13 May Dave Tuzewski,  Deployment Leader, arrived in…

Nepal Hit By Another Earthquake

Just a few hours ago (7.50 GMT),  Nepal was hit by another major earthquake;  the second within three weeks. This latest earthquake hit close to the town of Namche Bazar, near Mount Everest,  with a magnitude of 7.3. While not as large as the earthquake that struck on 25 April (7.8), it was felt as…

Nepal: Disaster Aid Training Got Real

  Disaster Aid UK & Ireland  held a training event on 24 – 26 April for 11 people who have committed to become part of our Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTS).  Training is based on real life situations and carefully designed to be both extensive and intensive. However, the original training programme was over taken…

URGENT APPEAL – Nepal Earthquake

Nepal was hit by one of the largest earthquakes (7.8 magnitude) on the morning of 25 April.  The impact on the population has been huge with current statistics indicating that at least 5,000 people have died, over 10,000 injured with 600,000 homes either destroyed or damaged.  It is estimated that over 8 million will require…

Disaster Aid International Deploys in Vanuatu

Disaster Aid International has deployed two members of our Disaster Aid Response Team to Vanuatu.  Wayne (USA) and Dianne Holland (Australia) arrived  last Thursday 26 March. Following discussions with the affected communities and other aid organisations,  the initial assessment has confirmed that the priority need is for clean water.  A  number of Sawyer filters have…

Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu on Saturday

What has been described as the worst storm, with winds of up to 300km/h, to hit the Pacific has resulted in at least 3,300 people being displaced and over 19,000 households in need of essential aid.  The shortage of drinking water has been defined as critical.  Over 90% of the buildings have been destroyed.  As…

Follow-Up on Disaster Relief in the Philippines

Disaster Aid International’s mission is to provide emergency relief to those affected by a disaster in such a way as to provide sustainable recovery.  The main way this is achieved is by developing strong partnerships with those on the ground and by extensive consultation with those affected. In the Philippines, Disaster Aid International has a…