The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 27, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 266

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HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE TIDAL WAVE!
A massive tidal wave, created by a 9.0R earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, has caused severe damage in Sri Lanka. Here is how you can help the victims: Use your credit card to make a donation here. We will send all the donations collected to ease the suffering of our fellow Sri Lankans.
Alternatively, send a check payable to "Lanka Academic Network" (and marked "Tidal Wave Victims") to: Daya Weerakkody, LAcNet Treasurer, 9603 Avenel Road, Silver Spring, MD 20903-2311, USA. All donations are tax-deductible in the USA. LAcNet US Tax Id: 411-69-1170.
UPDATE ON LACNET RELIEF EFFORT ON THE GROUND: LAcNet is dispatching a group of volunteers from the University of Moratuwa, lead by Professor Thishantha Nanayakkara, to the Hambantota area. LAcNet is also working closely with Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center and Government Agencies. Your donation will go towards supplies this team will be taking with them. As of December 27, 2004, we have collected over US$6000.00. Please do continue to send the donations, more donations the better.

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Mass burials for all unidentified victims
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. Sri Lankan authorities have begun mass burials of all unidentified bodies, unconfirmed reports said. With more than 12,000 believed to have died due to the disastrous tidal waves which engulfed Sri Lanka yesterday, only several thousand bodies have been identified. Many of the hospitals don’t even have clean cloth to wrap the bodies of the dead and bury. Earlier yesterday officials requested the public to present white cloth to bury the Muslims, according to their religious rites within 24 hours of dying. “Everything had been washed away and there isn’t even white cloth to wrap the dead bodies and bury,” officials said. Hospital sources also said that it was advisable to start burying all unidentified bodies as soon as possible, as the more they lie around, the more the chances of deadly diseases spreading. Sources also noted that relatives are refusing to go though the excruciating procedure of trying to identify their loved ones among the hundreds of dead lying in hospitals.
Published: Mon Dec 27 13:06:43 EST 2004

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Hard task for Sri Lanka rescuers
bbc.co.uk, Monday, 27 December, 2004. Flying south along Sri Lanka's coast from the capital, Colombo, the full extent of the devastation becomes apparent. We were flown in a helicopter filled with young soldiers, whose task is to recover the bodies of the dead and help those who have survived. As the helicopter goes further south, the impact of Sunday's huge sea surges is evident. Houses have been flattened, trees squashed to the ground by the waves. More...
Published: Mon Dec 27 17:58:40 EST 2004 Back to the top

Send Money Home and Call Home Free!

Relatives of people in quake-wrecked lands wait in terror _ while helping
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 16:04 EST . PAT MILTON - Associated Press Writer - Waruna Buwaneka, president of the New York-based United Sri Lanka - Society, said he finally reached his mother late Sunday.

``I was so relieved when I heard her voice. She and my sister are OK,'' the Queens resident said.

Buwaneka's mother lives in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka - , about an hour's drive from the hard-hit coast. At the time of the quake, his uncle, visiting from Germany, was staying in a seaside hotel where a wall of water rose to the third floor; the man and his friends escaped using an outside pole and quickly drove away.

Buwaneka said he was fielding phone calls from people all over the United States asking how they could donate food and clothing. Three temples in New York and New Jersey were collecting donations of dry goods to ship.

In Queens' Parkside Hill neighborhood, the New York Buddhist Vihara temple became a hub for many of the 4,500 Sri Lankans living in the metropolitan area.

A steady stream of people, including neighbors and strangers, arrived with bags holding everything from summer clothing and blankets to canned food and plastic cutlery.

``This is my country, and my city, Dehiwala, was hit too. I'm so shocked, I just had to do something,'' said Tilak Fonseka, who collected shirts and pants from his closet, adding them to the canned goods he brought.

Four-year-old Sylvia Rajapakse donated some of her toys, said her mother, Priyangani Rajapakse, who brought them to the temple along with clothing.

The resident monk, Bhanthe Dhammajothi, said he had helped answer calls seeking information and offering help from as far away as Bangladesh and Guyana.

Still needed were medical supplies like bandages and aspirin, plus tents, bed sheets, towels and money so people could build shacks or rebuild their homes.

``We also need volunteers to go there and help build huts where people can sleep, and houses,'' said the monk. ``They're all living on the floors of schools and temples and churches.''

Dhammajothi, who said a friend of his was missing, planned to travel to Sri Lanka - himself within days to make sure the supplies go to those who need them most. He planned to bring along $12,000 donated by United Sri Lanka - Society, which contributed all the money in its treasury.

Sri Lanka - 's ambassador to the United Nations, Bernard Goonetilleke, helped compile a list of needed medical supplies and coordinated a U.N. team of eight people that headed to the devastated areas on Sunday evening.

``We are in need of water purification tablets to send to Sri Lanka - because the salt water has polluted the water supplies,'' the ambassador said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. ``Also, the human corpses and the animal corpses have contaminated the water.''

Goonetilleke said a 24-hour hot line was set up to assist U.S.-based Sri Lankans in getting news of their families.

Beyond death, the damage will be long-term, he said.

In addition to the fishing industry, ``the economy will be greatly affected because the coastal area is a vibrant tourist area and it is totally devastated,'' the ambassador said. ``It will take years and years to come back.''

Associated Press writer Verena Dobnik contributed to this report.
Published: Mon Dec 27 17:45:08 EST 2004 Back to the top


Sri Lanka rides wave from bad to worse
nwsource.com, Tuesday, December 28, 2004. JEREMY BARNICLE GUEST COLUMNIST Even in the best of times, the southern coast of Sri Lanka is a desperate place... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Shattered lives and shattered homes
telegraph.co.uk, 28/12/2004. Dazed survivors struggled to comprehend their tragedy and bury their dead yesterday amid the overpowering stench of death in the southern tourist town of Galle... Back to the top

A scene after tsunamis in a Sri Lankan town
xinhuanet.com, Monday,Dec.27,2004. by Chen Zhanjie GALLE, Sri Lanka, Dec. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Shouting names of the missing relatives, looking around to identify the loved ones and moving bodies for burials -- all are the scene in a Sri Lankan coastal town a day after the sudden tsunamis. Over 800 people died here and more than 500 were injured in thetsunamis Sunday, announced local police in the Galle general hospital Monday... Back to the top

India sends doctors, urgent medicines, rescue gear to Lanka:
newkerala.com, December 27, 21:05, EDT. [World News]: Colombo, Dec 27 : The first consignment of Indian aid for over a million victims of the tsunami devastation in Sri Lanka began arriving today on aircraft, helicopters and naval vessels, the Indian High Commission said here... Back to the top

Damaged roads hinder Sri Lankan aid efforts
abc.net.au, December 28, 2004. Death tolls in Sri Lanka and India continue to rise, with an estimated 11,000 dead in the island state, and 6,000 dead in India... Back to the top

1m displaced in Sri Lanka alone
news.com.au, December 28, 2004. MORE than one million people had been displaced in three of the south Asian countries hit by towering waves following an undersea earthquake, an International Red Cross spokeswoman said today... Back to the top

Human toll seen as higher than economic toll from quake
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 16:57 EST . SETH SUTEL - AP Business Writer - The regions hurt most by the tsunamis did not have much in the way of heavy industry, and many people there lived off the land as farmers and fishermen... Back to the top

HELP sends emergency specialists to Sri Lanka
alertnet.org, 27 Dec 2004 22:27:00 GMT. Bonn/Colombo: In an immediate response to the disastrous seaquake in South East Asia the German registered charity "HELP" will send 2 emergency specialists to the hardest hit areas at the eastern coast of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

New earth plate forming south of Sri Lanka, says geologist:
newkerala.com, Tuesday, 28th 00:30GMT. [World News]: Colombo, Dec 27 : A leading geologist has warned that Sri Lanka is no longer safe from earthquakes as a new plate boundary phenomenon is being formed south of the island nation... Back to the top

Seven days grace period for prisoners who escaped Matara prison
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. Authorities have decided to grant a seven day grace period to the over 300 prisoners who escaped from the Matara prison yesterday when tidal waves destroyed their prison... Back to the top

Over 5000 dead in LTTE controlled areas
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 11.17 p.m.. The death toll in LTTE controlled areas alone is over the 5000 mark, sources said... Back to the top

Economic toll from Asian quake expected to be tempered by extreme poverty of affected regions
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 17:05 EST . SETH SUTEL - AP Business Writer - The regions hurt most by the tsunamis did not have much in the way of heavy industry, and many people there lived off the land as farmers and fishermen... Back to the top

4TH LD: 1 Japanese dead, 20 others missing after quake, tsunamis+
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 13:56 EST . - - The quake and subsequent tidal waves killed more than 23,000 people in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka - , Thailand and five other countries... Back to the top

Europeans cancel trips to quake-hit Asian destinations
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 13:56 EST . MICHAEL McDONOUGH - Associated Press Writer - Many European governments advised their citizens against traveling to the Maldives, an archipelago popular with tourists, as well as tsunami-struck parts of Sri Lanka - , Thailand, Indonesia and India... Back to the top

More than 12,000 Sri Lanka dead in tsunami's wake; troops delivering aid
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 13:55 EST . GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) In Sri Lanka - , the country hardest hit by yesterday's deadly waves, the bodies of the dead are still being recovered from all across the island nation... Back to the top

U.S. Dispatches Disaster Teams to Asia
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 14:03 EST . BARRY SCHWEID - AP Diplomatic Writer - U.S. officials immediately sent $100,000 each to India, Indonesia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka - , and planned to donate $4 million later Monday to help Red Cross disaster efforts, Powell said... Back to the top

“Shed petty differences and unite” Premier urges Sri Lankans
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 6.25 p.m.. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse today appealed to all Sri Lankans to shed petty differences and come together and help all victims of the disastrous tidal waves, which has rocked Sri Lanka and several other Asian nations... Back to the top

At least 12,000 killed after tidal waves in Sri Lanka , 25,000 troops deliver aid
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 09:58 EST . CHRISTOPHER TORCIA - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) The death toll from massive tidal waves that struck Sri Lanka - 's coastline leapt to more than 12,000 on Monday as thousands of soldiers and families kept up the search for bodies... Back to the top

Heavy casualties for Army and LTTE due to Tsunami
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 6.35 p.m.. The tsunami waves military casualties has been reported to be over 500, around 50 soldiers are reported to have died due to the tidal waves while another couple of hundreds have been injured and are receiving treatment at various hospitals in the North East, at least another 150 military personnel are reported to be missing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka mounts massive relief operation after tsunami kills 11,000
Yahoo, Monday December 27, 02:08 PM . COLOMBO (AFX) - Sri Lanka mounted a massive humanitarian operation today after tsunamis devastated much of the island's coastline, killing almost 11,000 people of whom 70 were foreign tourists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s tidal wave victims to receive UNHCR aid
alertnet.org, 27 Dec 2004 14:27:11 GMT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec 27 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency, supported by its Dutch partner, is set to distribute emergency aid to victims of Sunday's tidal waves in Sri Lanka while awaiting news of refugees possibly affected elsewhere in the region... Back to the top

India sends naval vessels to Sri Lanka, Maldives:
newkerala.com, Monday 27th Dec. [India News]: New Delhi, Dec 27 : India has mobilised a large number of air force planes and over 20 naval vessels, including seven ships despatched with aid to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, for rescue and relief operations in the wake of Sunday's killer tsunami... Back to the top

Sri Lanka speeds up funerals
news24.com, 27/12/2004 16:34 - (SA) . Colombo - Sri Lanka on Monday short-circuited legal formalities to speed up funerals for the thousands of dead in this country which suffered the heaviest loss of life from tidal waves which swept across Asia on Sunday, an official said... Back to the top

Bodies piling up in areas devastated by tsunami waves; 20,900 dead, millions homeless
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 06:53 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Rescuers piled up bodies along southern Asian coastlines devastated by tidal waves that smashed into nine countries, obliterating seaside towns and killing more than 20,900 people... Back to the top

200 foreigners killed in tsunami in Sir Lanka
xinhuanet.com, 2004-12-27 20:24:05. COLOMBO, Dec. 27 (Xinhuanet)-- The worst tsunami hitting Sri Lanka Sunday has killed 200 foreign tourists, including at least eight Japanese, 8 Indian and 2 German, the official sources said on Monday. The sources said most of them had died in the island's eastern part Back to the top

Insurance Claims From Asia Seen As Modest
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 10:57 EST . The figure is relatively low mainly because the coastal regions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka - or India most affected by the tsunami aren't insured as extensively as the interior, analysts said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s death toll likely to be in the range of 10,000 to 12,000 latest reports
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 4.10 p.m.. The aftermath of the tidal wave terror in Sri Lanka continued with reports claiming that the death toll could be around the 10,000 to 12,000 mark... Back to the top

In a village in Sri Lanka, ‘everything’ but life lost
IHT Online, Tuesday, December 28, 2004. DEHIWALA, Sri Lanka Disaster crept up on them deceptively, the villagers said, and then pounced... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Airlines appealing for donation items for Sri Lanka
Yahoo, Monday December 27, 10:17 PM . SINGAPORE : Sri Lankan Airlines is appealing to generous Singaporeans to donate useful items for victims of the deadly tsunami that hit Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Laughter turns to terror for couple in Sri Lanka tidal wave disaster
Yahoo, Monday December 27, 11:58 PM . GALLE, Sri Lanka (AFP) - American tourist Matthew O'Connell started laughing when he awoke to find his hotel room filling with water... Back to the top

A year of turmoil ends in tragedy for Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, December 27, 2004, 07:35 EDT. The year 2004, already full of turmoil, instability and uncertainty for Sri Lanka, is ending on a tragic note... Back to the top

UN disaster teams heading for Sri Lanka, Maldives UPDATE
Yahoo, Monday December 27, 01:21 PM . GENEVA (AFX) - The United Nations said that disaster assessment teams were heading to Sri Lanka and the Maldives following tidal waves that devastated south Asian coastal areas, as the world body tried to coordinate an unprecedented aid effort across the region... Back to the top

For Asia's deadly wave, there was minimal warning _ and too late
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 08:01 EST . MICHAEL CASEY - Associated Press Writer - Waves began pummeling southern Thailand about one hour after the earthquake... Back to the top

Japan offers condolences, rushes to confirm safety of Japanese after quake, waves
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 08:51 EST . Letters signed by Koizumi were sent to the leaders of India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Maldives, as a 21-member Japanese disaster relief team headed for Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka counts sea surge dead
bbc.co.uk, December 27, 2004, 07:35 EDT. At least 11,000 people died after sea surges struck long stretches of the Sri Lankan coast on Sunday, officials say... Back to the top

No Sri Lankan’s dead in Maldives tidal waves
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 6.33 p.m.. Out of some nearly 15,000 Sri Lanka’s currently employed in the Maldives, no Lankans have been reported dead yet, due to the tsunami waves which engulfed more than two thirds of the Maldives... Back to the top

Israeli medical relief mission to arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday
haaretzdaily.com, December 27, 2004, 07:35 EDT. An Israeli aid mission to Sri Lanka, where 10,000 people have died from the Sunday earthquake and coastal flooding, was to arrive Monday afternoon from Bangkok... Back to the top

At least 5,860 dead, one million homeless in Sri Lanka
eians.net, Monday 27th Dec 9:30 GMT. Colombo, Dec 27 (IANS) Rescue workers in Sri Lanka began combing rubbish-strewn beaches and wrecked buildings for bodies Monday, a day after killer tsunami waves claimed the lives of at least 5,860 people and made about a million homeless... Back to the top

10,500 missing, 4900 dead, Prime Minister’s office
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 1.03 p.m.. The official death toll has risen to 4900 persons, the Prime Minister’s office confirmed a little while back but adding that the death toll continues to rise... Back to the top

Sri Lanka detects tremors, says more tsunamis on way
khaleejtimes.com, 27 December 2004 . COLOMBO - Sri Lanka’s National Meteorological Centre said on Monday it had detected tremors near the Indonesian island of Sumatra and warned more small tsunamis were on their way... Back to the top

Aid workers rush to areas devastated by tsunami waves; 14,900 dead, millions homeless
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 05:03 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Thousands of soldiers scoured Asia's coastlines Monday for survivors of devastating tidal waves that obliterated seaside towns in nine countries, killing more than 14,900 people... Back to the top

Thousands killed across Asia in tidal waves from world's worst quake in 40 years
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 06:04 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Rescuers piled up bodies Monday along the tropical coasts of southern Asia in the aftermath of the biggest quake in four decades, which struck off Indonesia and dispatched tidal waves that killed nearly 21,000 people, more than half of them in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

25,000 troops deliver aid after tidal waves in Sri Lanka ; at least 6,517 killed, 1 million affected
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 01:59 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The death toll from massive tidal waves that struck Sri Lanka - 's coastline leapt to more than 6,500 on Monday as thousands of soldiers searched for bodies a day after the disaster... Back to the top

Sri Lankans rummage through corpses
reuters.co.uk, Mon 27 Dec 2004 09:25 GMT . KARAPITIYA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Wailing relatives are scrambling over hundreds of bodies piled in a Sri Lankan hospital, searching for loved ones after a tsunami devastated coastal regions of the paradise island and killed 4,891 people... Back to the top

Sri Lanka appeals for food, medical supplies
abc.net.au, Monday, December 27, 2004. 7:15pm . Sri Lanka has made an urgent appeal through its foreign embassies for food, medical supplies, generators and other assistance to help the country hard hit by tidal waves which killed thousands across Asia... Back to the top

Governments scramble to account for citizens vacationing in areas devastated by tidal waves in southern Asia
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 05:59 EST . ALISA TANG - Associated Press Writer - Foreign governments worked feverishly on Monday to tally the number of their citizens believed dead or missing... Back to the top

Hundreds of Scandinavian vacationers missing in Asia
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 06:37 EST . JAN M. OLSEN - Associated Press Writer - In Norway, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Cathrine Andersen said 10 Norwegians were reported killed, eight in Thailand and two in Sri Lanka, but couldn't confirm them... Back to the top

Tourists begin leaving Tsunami-hit Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Monday Dec 27th 11:46 GMT. [World News]: Colombo, Dec 27 : Tourists have started checking out of the hotels situated along the coastal areas in Sri Lanka after Tsunami wrecked havoc in the Island nation on the morning after Christmas... Back to the top

World Aid Teams Rush to Stricken S. Asia
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 04:04 EST . FRANCES D'EMILIO - Associated Press Writer - Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India were hardest hit with thousands of deaths in each country and widespread destruction... Back to the top

U.S. Offers Aid to Asia Quake Victims
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 06:06 EST . Clay said three Americans were killed two in Sri Lanka, one in Thailand and a number of other Americans were injured... Back to the top

Russia rushes humanitarian supplies to Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Monday 27th Dec 10:33GMT. [World News]: Moscow, Dec 27 : Russia today sent two planes with relief supplies for the tsunami-hit Sri Lanka, which killed over 4500 and affected millions... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says tsunami killed 70 foreign tourists
alertnet.org, 7 Dec 2004 06:12:17 GMT. COLOMBO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's worst tsunami in memory killed 70 foreign tourists, including at least nine Japanese, the state tourist board said on Monday... Back to the top

Tidal Wave Began Beneath Indian Ocean
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 01:56 EST . BETH GARDINER - Associated Press Writer - Moving at about 500 mph, the waves took more than two hours to reach Sri Lanka - , where the human toll has been horrific, and longer to spread to India and the east coast of Africa... Back to the top

China offers to help quake-hit countries; one dead in Chinese earthquake
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 02:58 EST . As the death toll from the most powerful earthquake in 40 years rose to more than 14,000, Hu sent separate messages to leaders in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka - , Bangladesh, the Maldives, Thailand and Malaysia, the official Xinhua News Agency said... Back to the top

Colombo Stock Exchange closed today as a mark of respect to tsunami victims
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 12.57 p.m.. The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) was shut today as a mark of respect to yesterday’s tidal waves victims... Back to the top

22 Japanese feared dead in Yala
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 12.18 p.m.. Some 22 Japanese Tourists are reported dead. Reports state that these 22 Japanese had been sightseeing at the Yala National Park, when tidal waves engulfed the park yesterday... Back to the top

Tsunami-Hit S.Lankans Shelter in Temples,Toll Rises
Reuters, DECEMBER 27. PAYAGALA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans sheltered in temples and schools on Monday as the death toll from the worst tsunami in living memory to hit the Indian Ocean island rose to 4,500 and was likely to increase... Back to the top

Tsunami survivors include some with Minnesota ties
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 00:02 EST . The Associated Press - - An earthquake on Sunday morning caused a tsunami wave crashed onto beaches in eight Asian countries across thousands of miles, smashing seaside resorts and villages... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ignored earthquake warning signs: Relief official
AFP/HT, Dec 27. Sri Lanka failed to take warnings of earthquakes seriously and was ill-prepared for the tidal waves, which devastated the island's coastline and left over 4,850 dead, a senior relief official said... Back to the top

Indian help first to arrive in tsunami-hit Lanka
hindustantimes.com, Dec 27,. Indian help has been the first to arrive in Tsunami-hit Sri Lanka, now reeling under an unprecedented blow, which left an estimated 5,000 dead on the eastern and southern coasts on Sunday... Back to the top

Indian help first to arrive in tsunami-hit Lanka
hindustantimes.com, December 27, 00:25, EDT. Indian help has been the first to arrive in Tsunami-hit Sri Lanka, now reeling under an unprecedented blow, which left an estimated 5,000 dead on the eastern and southern coasts on Sunday... Back to the top

Japan Sends Disaster Relief to Sri Lanka
scotsman.com, December 27, 00:25, EDT. Japan sent a disaster relief team to Sri Lanka today to provide aid and support to residents in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake and tsunami waves that hit southern and south-east Asia... Back to the top

Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia Shares May Fall After Earthquake
Yahoo, December 27, 00:25, EDT. Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Stocks in Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka may slump after tsunami waves caused by the world's most powerful earthquake in more than 40 years killed at least 11,460 and damaged crops, roads, buildings and tourist areas. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Thailand's PTT Pcl and Infosys Technologies Ltd... Back to the top

Japan Sends Disaster Relief to Sri Lanka
scotsman.com, December 27, 00:25, EDT. Japan sent a disaster relief team to Sri Lanka today to provide aid and support to residents in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake and tsunami waves that hit southern and south-east Asia... Back to the top

White House expresses condolences to tidal wave victims; 3 Americans among dead
Associated Press, Mon December 27, 2004 00:01 EST . DEB RIECHMANN - Associated Press Writer - State Department spokesman Noel Clay said two Americans were killed in Sri Lanka - and one in Thailand... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president appeals for doctors to help in catastrophe
hindustantimes.com, December 27, 2004. Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga appealed for doctors all over the world to come forward to help victims of the tidal wave that smashed into the island causing more than 4,000 deaths... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to decide on NZ tour after tsunamis
reuters.co.uk, Dec 27, 2004 01:54 AM GMT. Sri Lanka cricket officials will meet later on Monday to discuss whether they will continue with their tour of New Zealand after devastating tsunami waves killed about 4,500 people in the country, team officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka short of doctors and medical supplies to treat injured
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 2.00 a.m.. Sri Lanka experienced the deadly tsunami waves after more than 2000 years, reports said... Back to the top

Tragedy unfolds in Sri Lanka, nearly 4,500 killed
ndtv.com, December 27. Nearly 12,000 people have been killed in South and South East Asia after a massive earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered off a series of killer waves, called tsunamis... Back to the top

International and local relief comes pouring in for Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 12.32 a.m.. Just hours after Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga appealed for urgent international assistance; the Norwegian Government pledged Rs... Back to the top

American who survived tsunami tells of devastation Regular guest on 'Oprah' safe, but friend missing in Sri Lanka
CNN, Sunday, December 26, 2004 Posted: 8:41 PM EST. (CNN) -- A celebrity interior decorator vacationing in Sri Lanka said Monday that all he could see was "utter devastation" in the wake of a deadly tsunami that slammed the island... Back to the top

More than 11,000 dead across Asia in tidal waves after world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 18:04 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) An earthquake of epic power struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean on Sunday, unleashing 20-foot walls of water that came crashing down on beaches in seven Asian countries across thousands of miles, smashing seaside resorts and villages and leaving more than 11,000 dead in their wake... Back to the top

Sri Lankan community stunned by disaster
stuff.co.nz, 27 December 2004. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga called a national disaster after the tidal wave swamped the island's south and east coasts killing more than 4500 people and leaving another 750,000 homeless... Back to the top

Survivor tells of Sri Lanka tidal waves
nwsource.com, Sunday, December 26, 2004 · . AMBLANGODA, Sri Lanka -- The twisted limbs of the frail girl in a blue dress were caught in a garden fence by the sea... Back to the top

More tidal waves to hit Sri Lanka - death toll could be around 6000, reports claim
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 1.26 a.m.. As the Sri Lankan death toll continued to rise, unconfirmed reports claimed that more tidal waves could hit Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Thousands dead across Asia in tidal waves after world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 18:53 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Helicopters dropped food, medicine, and generators as rescuers searched for survivors Monday from an undersea Asian earthquake of epic power that sent huge walls of water crashing down on beaches in eight countries, killing more than 11,300 people... Back to the top

Snapshots of a day of terror, tragedy in Asian quake, floods
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 15:03 EST . - - EDITOR'S NOTE: The following contains snapshots from the five countries hardest-hit by Sunday's earthquake and tsunami waves, including a personal account by an Associated Press reporter in Sri Lanka - AMBLANGODA, Sri Lanka - (AP) The twisted limbs of the frail-bodied girl were caught in a garden fence near the sea... Back to the top

Curfew in Galle owing to looting
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 26, 2004, 11.46 p.m.. Police today evening imposed curfew in Galle till tomorrow early morning, following many looting/smuggling incidents... Back to the top

All flights to Male suspended
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 1.06 a.m.. The Katunayake International Airport suspended all flights to Male, after Maldivian authorities shut down the Male International Airport following the tidal waves incident which left more than two thirds of Maldives under water... Back to the top

LTTE seeks immediate relief for disaster hit North East
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 27, 2004, 12.55 a.m.. The LTTE has also sought urgent help from the International community to provide relief to the disaster affected civilians and areas in the North and East, the LTTE peace Secretariat announced... Back to the top

S.Lanka says 22 killed by tsunami may be Japanese
alertnet.org, 26 Dec 2004 22:22:39 GMT. COLOMBO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan rescue workers have found the bodies of 22 people the government suspects are Japanese tourists killed by the worst tsunami in living memory, the Prime Minister's office said on Monday... Back to the top

Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India hit hardest
IHT Online, Monday, December 27, 2004. BANGKOK The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years sent tidal waves smashing into Asian shorelines and holiday resorts from Thailand to India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives on Sunday, leaving a death toll that may have exceeded 11,000 people, with many thousands more missing, according to various reports... Back to the top

Tidal waves caused by earthquake hit Sri Lanka ; 4,500 people killed, 1 million affected
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 10:46 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Massive waves triggered by earthquakes crashed into Sri Lankan villages along a wide stretch of coast on Sunday, killing at least 4,500 people and displacing a million of others, Sri Lankan officials and a pro-Tamil Tiger Web site said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka searches for survivors
BBC News, Sunday, 26 December, 2004, 14:51 GMT . A long stretch of Sri Lanka's coast has been devastated by Sunday's tidal waves, with more than 2,400 dead and up to a million displaced... Back to the top

Warning system doesn't extend to Indian Ocean nations where death toll is highest
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 18:02 EST . JOSEPH B. VERRENGIA - AP Science Writer - DENVER (AP) The catastrophic death toll in Asia caused by a massive tsunami might have been reduced had India and Sri Lanka been part of an international warning system designed to warn coastal communities about potentially deadly waves, scientists say... Back to the top

Bush expresses condolences to earthquake, tidal wave victims, promises relief help
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 14:04 EST . The statement also says U-S relief efforts are already under way in Sri Lanka and the Maldive (mahl-DEYEV') Islands, a string of coral atolls off the southwestern coast of India... Back to the top

Death toll could be more than 2500, officials predicts
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 26, 2004, 5.25 p.m.. Prime Minister’s office at 4.45 p.m. confirmed that some 1500 have died due to the Tsunami waves... Back to the top

Asia quake, tsunamis kill 4,800
cnn.com, Sunday, December 26, 2004 Posted: 11:08 AM ES. (CNN) -- Massive tsunamis triggered by the largest earthquake to shake the planet in over 40 years have wiped out coastal areas across southeastern Asia, killing more than 4,800 people -- most of them in Sri Lanka and India... Back to the top

Naval warships leave for Sri Lanka, relief sent to Andaman
hinduonnet.com, Sunday, December 26, 2004 : 1550 Hrs. New Delhi, Dec. 26 (PTI): Five naval warships loaded with relief supplies have left for Sri Lanka as Indian Air Force despatched three AN-32 transport aircraft carrying relief and medical supplies to earthquake and tidal wave devastated Andaman and Nicobar group of Islands. Naval Chief Admiral Arun Prakash, has directed that five naval warships from Mumbai, Cochin and Vishakhapatnam to set sail for Trincomallee and Galle ports in Sri Lanka in response to a SOS received from the Sri Lankan Government... Back to the top

Quake, Tsunami Hit South Asia; 4,500 Feared Dead
reuters.com, Sun Dec 26, 2004 08:04 AM ET . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The world's biggest earthquake in 40 years hit southern Asia Sunday, unleashing a tsunami that crashed into Sri Lanka and India, drowning thousands and swamping tourist isles in Thailand and the Maldives... Back to the top

Sri Lanka declares national disaster
theaustralian.news.com.au, December 27, 2004. SRI Lanka declared a national disaster yesterday as the first tsunami to hit the Indian Ocean island in 16 years killed more than 2200 people... Back to the top

President hurrying back from UK
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 26, 2004, 5.06 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is expected to hurry back to Sri Lanka, following the tidal waves incident, which occurred today morning... Back to the top

Pope calls for aid for Asia quake victims; first assistance en route
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 13:02 EST . FRANCES D'EMILIO - Associated Press Writer - Hours after Europe woke up to the news of thousands of deaths and wide areas of evacuated villages in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Maldives and elsewhere, the pope coupled his prayers for the victims ``of this enormous tragedy'' with an appeal to the international community to quickly act... Back to the top

Some 1,500 dead in Sri Lanka, Maldives in tsunami
xinhuanet.com, 2004-12-26 18:34:47. COLOMBO, Dec. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan prime minister's office said Sunday that some 1,500 people were killed and 1 million affected as tsunami tidal waves caused by an earthquake off Indonesia smashed into the island. Massive sea waves, triggered by earthquakes of over 8 degrees on the Richter scale in Southeast Asia, crashed into coastal villages over a wide area of Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing 500,000 others, officials and hospital doctors said... Back to the top

Sea surges kill thousands in Asia
BBC News, Sunday, 26 December, 2004, 10:00 GMT . Thousands of people have been killed across south and east Asia in massive sea surges triggered by the strongest earthquake in the world for 40 years... Back to the top

Tidal waves tragedy continues in Sri Lanka with second wave, another expected shortly - Toll 1000 in SL alone.
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 26, 2004, 2.14 p.m.. A second tidal wave hit Sri Lanka at around 12 noon leaving many more thousands affected... Back to the top

300 prisoners escape as tsunami destroys jail in Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Sunday, Dec 26th, 13:24GMT. [World News]: Colombo, Dec 26 : Some 300 prisoners made a clean getaway after huge tidal waves caused by a massive earthquake today destroyed a high-security jail in southern Sri Lanka's coastal town of Matara, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka deploys military to tackle tsunami destruction
spacewar.com, Dec 26, 2004. Sri Lanka deployed the military and asked help from neighbouring India for a major relief operation after tidal waves flooded coastal areas Sunday, killing at least 160 people, the prime minister said... Back to the top

Japan mulls sending relief team to Sri Lanka over tsunami disaster+
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 07:51 EST . TOKYO, Dec. 26 (Kyodo) Japan began preparing Sunday to send a disaster relief team to Sri Lanka at the request of its government following massive tsunami damage from a powerful earthquake that struck off Indonesia's Sumatra Island, Foreign Ministry officials said. The tidal waves killed more than 1,500 people in Sri Lanka and 1,000 in India, while the disaster took the lives of at least 497 people on Sumatra, local authorities and media reports said... Back to the top

Putin sends condolences to leaders of Asian nations hit by tidal waves
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 06:52 EST . Putin sent telegrams expressing condolences to leaders of India, Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, the Kremlin said in a statement... Back to the top

At least 1000 dead as waves hit Sri Lanka
smh.com.au, December 26, 2004 - 8:10PM. Sri Lanka declared a national disaster today as officials said the first tsunami to hit the Indian Ocean island in 16 years had killed 1000 people... Back to the top

Asian quake, wave toll hits 1,000
CNN, DECEMBER 26. - More than 500 people are feared dead after the largest earthquake to shake the planet in nearly 40 years jolted Southeast Asia Sunday... Back to the top

More than 475 reported dead after tidal wave surge from massive earthquake in Indonesia
Associated Press, DECEMBER 26. JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ One of the world's most powerful earthquakes in years rocked northern Indonesia on Sunday and launched tidal waves that slammed shorelines across Asia, killing some 300 in Sri Lanka and almost 100 in Indonesia, officials said... Back to the top

PM offers help to Lanka, speaks to CMs of quake-hit states
hinduonnet.com, DECEMBER 26. New Delhi, Dec.26. (PTI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today offered all assistance to Sri Lanka and asked two Union ministers to oversee relief and rescue work in earthquake and tidal waves affected regions of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Pondichery and the Andamans... Back to the top

Strong Quake, Tsunami Hit Southern Asia, 650 Killed
Reuters, DECEMBER 26. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A huge earthquake hit southern Asia on Sunday, setting off a tsunami that drowned hundreds in Sri Lanka and India, sent Indonesians rushing to high ground and washed away bathers on the Thai tourist island of Phuket... Back to the top

Massive tidal waves hit Sri Lanka , 300 dead, 100,000 affected
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 01:57 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Massive sea waves, apparently triggered by earthquakes in Southeast Asia, crashed into coastal villages over a wide area of Sri Lanka - on Sunday, killing 300 people and displacing 100,000 others, officials said... Back to the top

Eyewitness: Sri Lanka tsunami
bbc.co.uk, DECEMBER 26. I'm in a town called Unawatuna, which is on the south coast of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Tidal Wave Hits Sri Lanka
Lanka Business Online, 26 December 2004 10:24 hours . The Eastern Coast seems to be worst hit with authorities in Mutur reporting the recovery of over hundred bodies... Back to the top

Hundreds feared killed by Tsunami waves in east
tamilnet.com, DECEMBER 26. Initial reports from the east said that many coastal villages of the Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai districts were hit by powerful tidal waves causing extensive destruction and killing at least two hundred... Back to the top

Massive tidal waves hit Sri Lanka , main port in Colombo closed, coastal areas hit
Associated Press, Sun December 26, 2004 00:46 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Massive waves crashed into coastal villages over a wide area of Sri Lanka - on Sunday, killing 160 people and displacing thousands of others, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Tragedy strikes Sri Lanka: Sea erupts leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 26, 2004, 11.56 a.m.. Tragedy struck Sri Lanka today morning when the sea erupted in the early hours of today resulting in hundreds losing their lives and thousands more affected... Back to the top

Strong quake rocks SE Asia, havoc in Lanka
TOI, DECEMBER 25. COLOMBO: A huge earthquake rocked Southeast Asia on Sunday, setting off tsunami tidal waves that killed more than 150 people in Sri Lanka, sent residents rushing to high ground in Indonesia and washed into Chennai and the Thai tourist island of Phuket... Back to the top

Tidal waves hit Sri Lanka
news.com.au, December 26, 2004. MASSIVE tidal waves hit eastern and southern Sri Lanka today causing flash floods and displacing thousands of people, police said... Back to the top

Earthquakes: Lanka no longer safe
www.dailynews.lk, December 27, 2004. People should be aware that Sri Lanka is no longer safe from earthquakes due to a new plate boundary phenomenon which is being formed in the south of Sri Lanka, Senior Geologist of Peradeniya University and former Director of the Institute of Fundamental Studies Prof... Back to the top

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