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DECEMBER 26, 2004: PLANET EARTH
SHAKEN, STIRRED AND RUN OVER BY
SUMATRA INDIAN OCEAN EARTHQUAKE-TSUNAMI:
DAY 20 REPORT AS OF JANUARY 14, 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$4.0
BILLION & growing.
United Nations says it has $717 million of
the $1billion it requested -- to use immediately for tsunami relief and
includes more than $200 million for housing and shelter, a similar amount
for food and more than $120 million for health services for six months.
Much of the aid will be spread out over years and U.N. agencies like the
U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP) and the World
Health Organization (WHO) need money fast to feed the hundreds of
thousands left homeless and prevent disease.
Indonesia, meanwhile, said it is pursuing a
permanent truce with rebels in the area, the worst-hit by the disaster so
that world-wide aid could reach all affected. Indonesian government is
working on a full truce with rebels who have been fighting off and on for
an independent homeland in northern Sumatra for 30 years.
"In Sri Lanka, more than 25,000 people
displaced by the Dec. 26 tsunami left relief camps in the past 24 hours as
of January 14, 2004 to return to rebuild their villages. Some want to
return because their houses were partially damaged and some want to return
to where their house was to be sure that they are recognized” as the
owner, said Neil Wright, an official with the UN's High Commissioner for
The Sri Lankan government discourages foreign officials
from going to Tamil-controlled areas, fearing it will lend legitimacy to
Tamil claims for independence. Tamil Liberation Tigers rebels have been
fighting a 20-year civil war with Sinhalese-dominated government forces
for a separate southern state and are presently are hampering distribution
The world's wealthiest nations of The Paris Club of 19
creditor nations said it was willing to freeze payments until the end of
2005, depending on assessments from the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund, which would monitor the countries to make sure that the
money was being used for tsunami relief. Indonesia will receive the
biggest benefit from the moratorium -- its payments, without the freeze,
would be $3 billion this year.
Finance ministers from the wealthy G7 nations have
already agreed to a debt freeze for all tsunami nations. The G7 comprises
the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Canada.
India says it is now willing to accept foreign aid to
help rebuild from the Sumatra tsunami disaster.
Tsunami-wracked Asia has a new appeal to would-be
helpers: Take a vacation. If you have not planned a visit, please consider
booking a trip. If you wish to make a difference, visit," said the
president of the Bangkok-based Pacific Asia Travel Association. "The trend
is again more people coming in. Now it's just a matter of getting the
right message out to the visitors," said government spokesman for the
Maldives, where the $200 million tourism industry constitutes 33 percent
of the country's gross national product. In Sri Lanka, the tsunami damaged
56 hotels badly enough to force their closure. Yet 243 remain open and
"ready to welcome tourists.
DISASTER ON DECEMBER 26, 2004:
Banda Aceh, Indonesia — Masked workers
with mosquito-killing spray guns began moving through refugee camps Friday
in tsunami-battered Aceh province, trying to prevent an outbreak of
malaria. 100,000 more people could die of malaria around Aceh if quick
action is not taken. A successful spraying effort would drastically
minimize that risk.
While the threat of cholera and
dysentery is diminishing because clean water is reaching tsunami survivors
in Indonesia, the danger of malaria and dengue fever epidemics is
increasing, according to the leader of anti-malaria efforts in the region.
Indonesia's most influential group of
Islamic clerics, meanwhile, warned January 14, 2004 of a widespread Muslim
backlash if international aid groups involved in relief efforts in
tsunami-battered Aceh province begin proselytizing and adopting children
orphaned from the Sumatra tsunami disaster.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO HELP
WILL ONLY BE YOUR
TO YOUR FELLOW HUMANS
WHO ARE LESS FORTUNATE VICTIMS OF
THE SUMATRA EARTHQUAKE-TSUNAMI......
More than 1.7 million people will have to be fed for months, says
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.
1/3 dead are children
Homeless: 1.5 million
Total Humans Devastated: 5 million
- Indonesia: 110,229
- Sri Lanka: 30,920
- India: 10,672 + 5700 missing
- Thailand: 5,291+3400 missing
- Somalia: 298
- Myanmar: 90
- Maldives: 82
- Malaysia: 68
- Tanzania: 10
- Bangladesh: 2
- Kenya: 1
- Foreigner tourists: 445 dead + 3,000 missing.
- Sri Lanka: 800,000 + 425,000 in refugee camps.
- India: 55,00 in refugee camps
AP / Wide World Photo
Suffering the loss of loved ones and property in Sri Lanka