More than 400 tsunami-affected families in Kalmunai, Ampara who lost their homes in the tsunami waves moved in to new houses in two apartment complexes in Periyaneelavani and at the Road Development Department and Irrigation Department housing complex.

"The trends in disasters, particularly from climate change, are of enormous concern," said John Holmes, U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

"We can only expect that this kind of trend is going to continue," he told a news conference.

Hurricane Katrina victims around the Gulf Coast who were told to vacate their temporary trailers by the end of May will instead be allowed to buy them for $5 or less, White House officials announced on Wednesday.

Eleven members of the Barthelemy family live in the FEMA trailer park in Port Sulphur.

Nearly 12 lakh extremely poor people in 15 coastal districts of the country remain exposed to the fury of cyclone every year due to inadequate cyclone centre.

Majority of the people who lost their lives in the in the cyclone Aila that battered 11 coastal districts a few days ago belonged to the extreme poor bracket. They could not take shelter for their safety because of inadequate shelter.

Nearly 200 people have been killed by a cyclone that ripped through Bangladesh and eastern India, while millions remained marooned by floodwater or forced to live in shelters.

A cyclone slammed into parts of Bangladesh and eastern India on Monday, triggering tidal surges and flooding that forced some half a million people from their homes and killed almost three dozen people.

Storm officials in coastal Bangladesh moved about 500,000 people to temporary shelters after they left their homes to escape huge tidal waves churned by winds up to 100 kph (60 mph).

More than 5,500 tsunami affected orphaned children still remain in shelters around the country, the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) revealed yesterday adding that it would launch a programme to seek guardians for these children.

One year after Cyclone Nargis devastated a swathe of Myanmar, and with the monsoon rains setting in once more, survivors need increased international aid to prevent more deaths, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Cyclone Nargis swept across Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta and southern Yangon on May 2, 2008, killing nearly 140,000 people and displacing 2.4 million.

Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) will spend Rs 4.5 billion on clean drinking water projects in quake affected areas during the next one and half year. According to the sources the funds would be spent in the affected areas on potable water projects while state-of-the-art testing laboratories would also be established in Mansehra, Abbottabad, Battagram and Mingora.

The government is taking initiatives to set up more cyclone shelters which will be used as multipurpose centres in coastal areas.

This was stated by Chairman of parliamentary standing committee on food and disaster management ministry Saidul Haq at a seminar in the city yesterday.

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