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Last Updated: Friday January 13 2006 19:27 GMT

Mixed report on tsunami aid efforts

Man living in tent in Banda Aceh
Aid agencies dealing with the Asian tsunami disaster aren't doing their job properly, according to a report.

An independent report into the work of the Disasters and Emergencies Committee (DEC) says too many people still have poor quality housing.

It accuses some charities of chasing publicity, which got in the way of them actually doing their job.

However, the DEC said donations had saved thousands of lives and much had been achieved.

The DEC represents the UK's leading aid agencies, including Save the Children, Oxfam, Christian Aid, British Red Cross and Action Aid.

The report was asked for by DEC so that charities could learn about the success of their efforts after the disaster.

The DEC says the problems come from the fact that the agencies have never had to deal with such a big problem before.

It said in a statement: "DEC members plan to spend up to 190m in 2006, this will include more than 20,000 permanent houses, which will house around 100,000 men, women and children."

Around 216,000 people were killed when the tsunami struck countries in south-east Asia on 26 December 2004.

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