Edit: Tsunamis Kills More than 140,000 in South-East Asia - Page 2

December 28th, 2004  

Casualities are Going to Rise Dramatically as the Andaman and NIcobar Islands that are closet to the epi-center of the Dreaded Quake that Hit Asia unfolds...........It's worse than expected before.

Andaman and Nicobar is a Collection of 130 - 150 Small and Big Islands Close to Indonashia..........it is part of India

the Fate of 40,000 people living in the Island Western belt of the is Still not known.

The Unified IAF base at car Nicobar has been Simply Washed away...........The toll at this base..........was 27 confirmed dead and over 80 IAF personnel and their family members missing,.......... with officials saying there was almost no possibility of their survival now.

Three AN-32 transport Aircraft that were sent after the Earth Quake to evacuate people form the base came back and reported there is no base or Air Strip.........

And After reparing the Air Strip The three Aircraft landed there and the Air Chief marshal visted the Base himself followed.........and was greeted by a base Commander in pyjamas.......because he had nothig left to wear.

An an emotionally charged Air Chief Marshal S Krishnaswamy on his visit to that Air Force Station said

"In my 34 years of service, I have never seen an IAF base commander receive his chief dressed in a vest, pyjamas and chappal(Slippers). He has nothing left,"

And Indian help is being Sent to the Sri-lanka which took the Blunt of this Tsunanis............. Assistance to Sri Lanka is code-named Operation Rainbow included Dornier aircraft sorties with medical supplies

Apart from four Naval ships sent to Trincomalee and Galle ports. and three Western Naval Command vessels despatched to the Maldives..........Naval warships have been sent out all along the Eastern coast to rescue trapped fishermen and civilian passenger liners.

But it will take Much more than that .........it will take some rebuilding......which will require a Combined world effort.

Nuclear Plant Safe

ndian officials have sought to calm fears about the safety of a nuclear power plant at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu.

National Security Adviser JN Dixit told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning that there had been "inaccurate speculation" on the effect of Sunday's sea surges on the plant.

He said the basic facilities of the reactor were "safe and unaffected in any manner".

He also said there was no threat of radiation leaking.

Mr Dixit said the plant had been shut down because of flooding to allow cleaning and water removal to bring the plant back to normal functioning. Source

Death Toll is Increasing All the time .............Still the fate of Thousands of people is not known ............ Thousands still missing in India

And i have Uncorfermed reports of this i will just confirm this in a short while The worse has Struck .......Worst news since this disaster Occured has came

Emergency workers found that 10,000 people had been killed in a single town, Meulaboh, in Aceh province at the northern tip of Sumatra island, the hardest hit region in Indonesia, said Purnomo Sidik, national disaster director at the Social Affairs Ministry.
If this is True it will take Death Toll to above 45,000

December 28th, 2004  
No Words Just Silence !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thousands more bodies were found in Indonesia, dramatically increasing the death toll across 11 nations to around 44,000.

Emergency workers found that 10,000 people had been killed in a single town, Meulaboh, in Aceh province at the northern tip of Sumatra island, the hardest hit region in Indonesia, said Purnomo Sidik, national disaster director at the Social Affairs Ministry.

Another 9,000 were confirmed dead so far in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, and surrounding towns, he said. Along Aceh's hard-hit western coastline, villages were swamped up to the roofs, still unexplored by soldiers combing the area for survivors and dead. Refugees fleeing the area described surviving for days on little more than coconuts before reaching Banda Aceh.

I will still wait for a few Other news Agancies to Confirm this News......Because this is the worst News Since the Disaster.

December 28th, 2004  
this almost sounds too horrific to be true... i can't even imagine the hopelessness these people must feel. It amazes me that things like this can happen and yet these people still push forward and don't lose hope.

*** God please be with them all **

December 28th, 2004  

BBC Just Confirmed the Official Figure is Well Above 50,000 now ......and still no signs of it stopping ..........Check the Indonashia Figures they just confirmed and Increased a Single Town with 10,000 People Dead Found

One of the world's largest relief efforts is under way to help the millions of victims of the Asia quake, which killed more than 50,000 people.

Sri Lanka: 18,706 dead
Indonesia: 27,174 dead
India: 4,371 dead
Thailand: 1,400 dead
Maldives: 52 dead
Malaysia: 44 dead
Burma: 30 dead
Bangladesh: 2 dead
Somalia: 100 dead
Kenya: 1 dead
Seychelles: 3 dead
Tanzania: 10 dead
December 28th, 2004  
It it truly unbelievable...

It is unreal to sit and watch the news here in Norway, seeing people getting washed away by the waves...

It's impossible to imagine how the ones who survived feels now, but my thoughts goes to all of those who have lost their friends and family!
Over 800 Norwegians have still not been found/contacted in Thailand, so it is truly a disaster that has affected the whole world!

I really hope that most of the world leaders focuses on this now, and starts to send help asap...

Norway have already sent some supplies down, and 50mill. NOK, have been given by the Government to different organizations that are preparing to go now.

A short SMS have been sent all over Norway now, asking everyone to light a candle in their windows in memory off the ones who died.
I can already see a lot of candles lighting up in the neighborhood here...
Last time a similar SMS "campaign" happened, the mobile companies gave all of the profit from those messages to charity, I hope (and believe) this will happen now as well...

One other good thing is that companies selling fireworks have recommended people to spend less on firecrackers and rockets this year, and give to charity instead..
Many of the fireworks sellers will also place money collection boxes in their shops.

Please light a candle in your window tonight as well!
December 29th, 2004  

Wave toll could vary well exceed 100,000'

Almost 77,000 people have so far been confirmed dead. till now ............The true scale of the disaster may never be known

Wave toll 'could exceed 100,000'

The number of dead from Sunday's Indian Ocean sea surges is likely to rise above 100,000, the Red Cross has said.

Senior agency official Peter Rees said he thought the toll would rise sharply when victims are counted on India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Almost 77,000 people have so far been confirmed dead.

US President George W Bush pledged to set up an international coalition, with Australia, India and Japan, to co-ordinate the relief effort.

The US earlier said it was more than doubling its pledge of funds to the region to $35m.

The 9.0 magnitude quake happened just off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra early on Sunday and set off huge waves that reached as far as Africa.

Click here for map of affected area

The UN says disease could double the number killed by the waves.

'Unprecedented disaster'

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has said the death toll from the actual disaster could reach six figures once more remote areas are checked for victims.

"We're facing a disaster of unprecedented proportion in nature," said the federation's Asia-Pacific chief, Simon Missiri.

Many thousands of people are still unaccounted for, notably in the Indian-administered Andaman and Nicobar Islands near the earthquake's epicentre.

Some parts of the islands, which have a total population of 350,000, are still said to be cut off from the outside world.

At least 4,000 are known to have died on the islands, but a police chief who has flown over the stricken areas said one in five of the islanders was either dead, missing or injured.


In Indonesia, thousands of troops have been drafted into the north-western province of Aceh to dig mass graves.

One army battalion sent previously to the region to fight a rebel insurgency is said to have been wiped out.

The BBC's Rachel Harvey in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, says that in the space of 20 minutes she counted 10 lorries filled with bodies arriving at one grave.

There were still bodies lying in the rubble in some areas while survivors scavenged nearby for food, she says.

The first ship carrying emergency supplies is reported to have reached the worst hit Indonesian town of Meulaboh, where 10,000 are feared dead - 10% of the population.

But many areas along the western coast of Sumatra have still not been reached.

And our correspondent says that while aid is arriving in the region, it still only feels like a trickle.

Aid challenge

Plane loads of supplies are arriving in Sri Lanka - the worst-affected country outside Indonesia, where more than 22,000 people are known to have died.

A UN team is also on the island to co-ordinate the relief effort.

But the BBC's Roland Buerk on the southern coast says getting the aid to the worst-hit areas will be a huge logistical operation.

The Tamil Tiger rebels - who control large stretches of affected coast in the north - say that so far they have received no help from the authorities.

Meanwhile in Thailand, thousands of tourists remain unaccounted for, and bodies are still being recovered from the wreckage of collapsed hotels on the Andaman Sea coast.

A TV News Special on the disaster, including reports from BBC correspondents across the region, will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC World TV at 1930 GMT on Wednesday.

December 29th, 2004  
Medical experts do also fear the the number could easily be doubled in the near future due to epidemics.
Most of the drinking water have been polluted, either by seawater, corpses of humans and animals, or sewer.

I saw on the news here in Norway that several water purification companies are working around the clock now to make portable water purifications kits to send down to some of the worst areas.

One other thing is that the identification work are becoming almost impossible now, due to the decaying bodies and fear of diseases.
Mass graves have been dug all over the region, and it's quite possible that tens of thousands of families never will find out where their loved ones are buried.....

December 29th, 2004  
what a horrible thing. its top news around the clock here, with so many Israelis there on vacation and all...188 Israelis missing right now...
December 29th, 2004  

Yes Aid Efforts and on ...............and many Countries are generousling Giving Aid to the affected Countries.............

India has Also Pleaged over 23 million dollars in monetary aid to neighbouring Sri Lanka and the Maldives both the Countries are devistated by this Killer Waves ..............and Indian Navy and IAF too is trying it's best to get Aid to these Countries...............This operation is being Run on War Sale and is Code Named Operation Rainbow ....IAF is Still Flying Sorties with relif Supplies......These Countries can't fend for themselfves right now ..............their major Source of Income was Tourism about 20 to 50 % of their GDP and it is destroid and if outside help is not provided it wqould be virtually imposssible for them to cope with it.........Currently 2 War Shipes Loaded with Supplies and Helicopters and Planes Form the Weastern Indian Fleet is in Maldives and three War shipes are Docked in Sri Lanka.

India has Also Rejected Foreign Aid ...........But you can Send Donations as Individually to the Prime Minister's relif Fund.

New Delhi: India has turned down foreign aid as it has "adequate resources" to provide relief to victims of a deadly tsunami that killed thousands of Asians, a government official said Wednesday.

India has been flooded with "generous offers of aid" from countries like Russia, the United States, Israel and Japan, said the official who did not want to be named.
"In fact, all friendly nations have offered help but we feel we do have the resources to handle the situation. If at a later stage we feel we need assistance we will not hesitate to ask," said the source.

"Right now we not only have adequate resources but have gone out and mounted a huge relief effort for Sri Lanka and Maldives. We could not have done this if we were facing a problem in Indian relief operations."

The Indian government says it has sent warships, helicopters and aircraft to distribute food, medicines and blankets to neighbouring Sri Lanka and the Maldives and has promised over 23 million dollars in monetary aid.

In addition to the Rs 5 billion provided for relief work Monday by the Indian government, another Rs 2 billion has been earmarked to rebuild rural housing.

Can't say the Same for Sri Lanka , Maldieves and Moritious ..........Moritious PM said that the Loss could Gross higher than their Annual GDP ..............and it would be after the New year eve that Outside help would Acctually Arrive i full Force.

And the Spread of Disease is a Big Threat

Sri Lanka said it was getting its first reports of measles and diarrhea. Paramedics in southern India began vaccinating 65,000 survivors against cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A and dysentery, and authorities sprayed bleaching powder on beaches where bodies have been recovered.


"Even those people who (didn't lose homes) can't get food. Nothing is available," .............Food Shortage is Also a Big Problem and Many Could die of Starvation and MalNuteration.

The world's biggest reinsurer, Germany's Munich Re, estimated the damage to buildings and foundations in the affected regions would be at least $13.6 billion.

Donations for recovery efforts came in from all parts of the globe.

The governments of the United States, Australia and Japan pledged a combined $100 million while taxi drivers in Singapore put donation tins in their cars and volunteers in Thailand text-messaged aquaintances to give blood to the Red Cross.
You as an Invidual can Also Contribute in a Big way........Not just with money but small things Like a Pack of Chocolates or Biscuts( non perisable Food items) or a Blanket or Donate Blood even a Single penny would be worth a effort if you can spare it..........It could go a Big way in helping people Despirate for need ............you can Donate Stuff at the Nearest Red Cross Office.........Give your Donation only to Reputed Organisations only.

December 29th, 2004  

Foreigners Killed in Asia Disaster

By The Associated Press

The tally of foreigners confirmed dead from the quake and tsunamis throughout southern Asia, according to their countries' foreign ministries. Authorities said many more are missing and feared dead. Thai authorities said 473 foreigners from 36 nations were confirmed dead from Thailand's southern resorts alone.
  • Britain: 26
  • Germany: 26
  • France: 20
  • Italy: 14
  • United States: 12
  • Switzerland: 11
  • Australia: 9
  • Sweden: 6
  • Denmark: 6
  • Netherlands: 5
  • Japan: 5
  • Austria: 5
  • Finland: 4
  • South Korea (news - web sites): 4
  • South Africa: 4
  • Singapore: 2
  • Brazil: 2
  • Belgium: 2
  • Poland: 1
  • Russia: 1
  • Colombia: 1
  • Taiwan: 1
  • New Zealand: 1