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Little girl holding the house keys of the newly built house in Aceh, following the Asian tsunami reconstruction effort (PMI/HKRC).IFRC.


Woman discussing examples of safe shelter, as part of the PASSA (Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness) methodology, applied in Bangladesh with BRCS. IFRC.


Cots and blankets await evacuees at the Red Cross shelter set up in the United Methodist Church in Meridian, Mississippi. Over a thousand individuals were housed in this shelter during Katrina and they once again prepared to accommodate those displaced by Hurricane Gustav. Gene Dailey/American Red Cross.

Abandonned houses in Raa Kandholhudhoo, Maldives. The island was totally destroyed by the tsunami and all the former Kandholhudhoo community (3600 persons) is living in transitional shelters.Simon Turner/ IFRC.

For many in Bangladesh, shelters on the roadside are of the most basic construction, made with whatever materials are available.Stephen Ryan / IFRC.

An old lady sits in front of her shelter in Zitan village, China. Some of the families have been staying in tents for nearly a month since the rain destroyed their houses. IFRC.

The Ecuador Red Cross is monitoring the situation around the Tungurahua volcano, which has been active lately. Emergency food kits containing biscuits and dehydrated juices have been distributed in provisory shelters, prisons, hospitals and orphanages. Ecuadorian Red Cross.

Workers from the IFRC’s Pan-American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) make a last check of shelter kits before starting distribution. The response to the 12 January earthquake is one of the largest in the history of the Red Cross Red Crescent. Jose Manuel Jimenez / IFRC

4 year-old Ardi plays inside the pandan leaf mat which will be used as the walls to his families new transitional shelter built with support from PMI and the Danish Red Cross in Sumatra. Muhammad Fadli/ IFRC.

A young boy from Uttar Pradesh, India struggles to keep up with his schoolwork in this makeshift shelter. Indian Red Cross.

397 families living in currently in this camp in Sri Lanka. Some are living in semi permanent corrugated iron shelters.Yoshi Shimizu / IFRC.

The Red Cross is building transitional shelters in Haiti for people left homeless after the earthquake.Julien Goldstein/ IFRC.

Family members standing in front of their newly built T-Shelters, which they have decorated themselves, in Indonesia. IFRC.

Staff from Philippine Red Cross Iligan chapter explains to qualified beneficiaries the provisions of the agreement for the shelter repair kits. Mollie Godinez/Philippines Red Cross.

Typhoon survivors rescued by Philippine Red Cross emergency responders arrive at an evacuation centre in the municipality of San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija. At the peak of the typhoons, Red Cross emergency response units helped to take more than 2,500 people from at risk areas to shelters. Romulo Godinez/ PRC.

Malaika Mohammad, 31 years old, has 4 children and arrived in this temporary settlement 20 days ago. The family has come here from Mogadishu, after a long and desperate time in the city. The family had nothing to live off due to the drought. Olav A Saltbones./ Norwegian Red Cross.