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DECEMBER 26, 2004: PLANET EARTH
SHAKEN, STIRRED AND RUN OVER BY
SUMATRA INDIAN OCEAN EARTHQUAKE-TSUNAMI:
DAY 6 REPORT AS OF JANUARY 1, 2005
HISTORY OF SUMATRA
EFFECT OF MASSIVE
ENERGY RELEASE OF SUMATRA EARTHQUAKE ON
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AID TO SUMATRA
EARTHQUAKE-TSUNAMI VICTIMS & RECONSTRUCTION:
TOTAL WORLD AID PLEDGED ( Jan 1/05): US$2.0
BILLION & growing
U.S. military helicopters January 1,
2005 dropped relief supplies into parts of Indonesia's hard-hit Aceh
province virtually cut off from the rest of the world for nearly a week
after a powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunamis claimed 80,000 lives
The office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees said it would begin an emergency airlift on
Sunday, January 2, 2005 to Indonesia that should get 400 tons of supplies
to 100,000 people in Aceh province.
Indonesia says it has set a goal of
rehabilitating within one year the survivors of last Sunday's devastating
earthquake and tsunami in its northern Sumatra province of Aceh. In
addition to the immediate human cost, he said rebuilding infrastructure in
the province alone could take a year and cost about 1.5 trillion rupiah
($160 million), Antara reported.
United States has created a support
center in Thailand and that 20 aircraft were dispatched to "assess the
disaster and deliver relief supplies."
Indian Navy with 20 ships including a
floating hospital ship is taking supplies worth $25 million to Sri
Germany urged revelers to donate
some of the 100 million euros ($136 million) they would normally spend on
fireworks, a call repeated across Europe.
UNICEF organization's teams in the
region still "have to get a handle" on the survival needs. They have begun
distributing tablets that mix with water and help cure diarrhea -- which
he called the number one cause of preventable death among children after
such disasters. Aid groups will work to reconnect young people with
extended family members or others who can take care of them, and will
bring them together with other children.
The Center for International Disaster
Information explains on its Web site that "financial contributions
allow professional relief organizations to purchase exactly what disaster
victims need most urgently and to pay for the transportation necessary to
distribute those supplies." The Web site,
provides a list of agencies working to aid victims of the tsunamis, along
with contact information.
Obstacles -- including a lack of
coordination, fuel shortages, rough weather, airport logjams and
impassable roads -- have prevented the distribution of aid to some of the
most devastated areas in the 11 Asian and African nations affected by a
magnitude 9 earthquake and resulting tsunamis.
GODS INTERVENTION =
LIFE MIRACLES AT
PORT BLAIR, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
In her frantic flight from the killer
tsunami waves swallowing up her island, Namita Roy found refuge in a
forest. There at 4.19 am December 27, 2004 she gave birth to a boy who
would be named Tsunami.
On another island, 8-month-old Michael
Jeremiah slipped out of his mother's arms and sank into the sea until his
father saw his toe poke up from the waves and brought him back to life.
Galle, Sri Lanka: Screaming with
fear, paralyzed children at a shelter for the physically disabled and
mentally ill, lay helplessly in their beds as seawater surged around them.
The tsunami roared in on the day after Christmas. Some of the desperate
children gripped the rafters as the water rose inside the one-story
Sambodhi shelter. Others floated away on mattresses to their deaths,
according to witnesses. Just 41 of the 102 residents of the home survived,
caretaker Kumar Deshapriya said Saturday.
One man said when the waves hit he took
shelter in a tree, clinging to branches for days as the water remained
high. He eventually fell down, fracturing a leg. He counts himself among
the lucky ones; he was reunited with his family.
Others in the shelters recounted having
been in their boats in the harbor when the tsunami struck, saying they
were tossed around like toys, but miraculously did not drown.
On December 26, two sisters with their
families shared a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast of rice and dal, or
Hours later they watched their husbands drown saving their children." When
the second wave came, we were looking for our son, and my husband went out
to search for him and found him in a tree," Mariana Francis, 39,
recounted. "He rescued him, and both of them were running for their lives.
Later, my son was found alive, but my husband was missing." The two
sisters charged to safety as they lost everything within 20 minutes.
Inmates of one of India's largest
correctional facilities, the Tihar jail, collected close to $1,675 to
donate to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund on Tuesday. The jail's
staff also contributed their day's salary.
College students distribute emergency rice
rations Tuesday in Woollapalem, Thailand.
GIVE GENEROUSLY TO
MAY DEPARTED SOULS
REST IN PEACE
.....om shaanti shaanti shaanti....
(M.A. Pushpa Kumara/European Pressphoto Agency)
A 10-year-old Sri Lankan girl lit a candle today to remember the victims of
CNN: Annal Mary kisses her infant who was
found floating on a mattress after the tsunamis.
Homeless: 1.5 million
Total Humans Affected: 5 million
- INDONESIA: 80,000+
- SRI LANKA: 45,000+
- South INDIA: 12,000+
- NICOBAR ISLAND (India): 8,000+
- THAILAND: 8,000+ (Half tourists)
- BURMA: 100+
- MALDIVES: 46 + 70 +missing
- Africa 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles) away:
- SOMALIA (Africa): 100
- TANZANIA: 10
- SEYCHELLES ISLANDS: 3
- KENYA: 1
- 2,200 foreign tourists dead & 7,000 missing.
Displaced residents of Nagappattinam take shelter in
Thiruvarur the day after tsunamis struck southern
More than 1.7 million people will have to be fed for months, says