The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 28, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 267

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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.
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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$12,000.00. Please do continue to send the donations, more donations the better.

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LAcNet, December 28, 2004. Together with LK Domain Registry, Department of Computer Science & Engineering - University of Moratuwa, LAcNet has established a new website findthem.lk where people can register to request information about loved ones missing during the Tsunami disater in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan gov t says death toll from tsunamis tops 21,700
xinhuanet.com, Dec. 29. The government of Sri Lanka said on Wednesday more than 21,715 people have been confirmed dead as rescue workers reported another 3,009 deaths from Sunday's earthquake-triggered tidal waves. "We now have 21,715 people confirmed dead," said a social service officer attached to the state-run National Disaster Management Center. More...
Published: Tue Dec 28 23:43:24 EST 2004 Back to the top

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CHF International Pledges $30,000 for Disaster Relief in Sri Lanka ...
usnewswire.com, Dec. 28. In the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in modern history, CHF International is committing at least US$30,000 to respond to the immediate critical housing and sanitation needs of communities in Sri Lanka and India. An earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale that occurred off the coast of Aceh, Indonesia on December 26 not only sent shockwaves as far as Africa, but also unleashed a massive tsunami wave, killing nearly 60,000 people in seven countries. So far, it is estimated that at 19,000 Sri Lankans and 11,500 Indians have lost their lives, and millions are homeless. More...
Published: Tue Dec 28 23:44:05 EST 2004 Back to the top

Tsunami deaths top 55,000
The Guardian, Tuesday December 28, 2004 . Mourners in Sri Lanka buried their dead with bare hands today while rescue services struggled to reach areas of Indonesia still cut off from the rest of the world, two days after a tsunami devastated Indian Ocean coastlines and killed more than 55,000 people... Back to the top

China s aid to arrive in Sri Lanka
chinadaily.com.cn, 2004-12-28 . China is sending relief goods worth 50 million yuan (US$610,000) and 200,000 dollars in cash to Sri Lanka to meet emergency needs after the incredible disaster, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said Tuesday... Back to the top

Lanka will accept a smaller rescue team from Israel:
newkerala.com, Dec 28. Sri Lanka today said it will accept the arrival of a smaller rescue team from Israel, after reports said that the island nation was facing problems in providing facilities for many such teams that had arrived from across the world in its tsunami-hit coasts... Back to the top

Sri Lanka declares mourning for victims
dailytimes.com.pk, Wednesday, December 29, 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka declared Friday a day of national mourning for the thousands of victims of the tsunami which lashed three-quarters of the island’s coastline and left a massive trail of death and destruction... Back to the top

Sri Lanka struggles with havoc
thedailystar.net, Wed. December 29, 2004 . Mass funerals were underway in Sri Lanka yesterday as volunteers pulled decomposed corpses from washed out trains, cars and smashed buildings... Back to the top

Sri Lankan President to plea for more international aid
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 28, 2004, 9.58 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga who arrived in the country today held several urgent meetings with Ministers, Deputy Ministers and party leaders to discuss ways and methods of rebuilding the now devastated country... Back to the top

Aid trucks start to roll to coastal disaster areas with medical, food supplies
Associated Press, Tue December 28, 2004 11:58 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Trucks carrying blankets, food and medical supplies made their first aid deliveries to survivors of Asia's quake and tsunami disaster, and relief workers on Tuesday warned of polluted drinking water, potential disease outbreaks and even land mines pried loose by water... Back to the top

Death toll close to 19,000; police urgently requests for gloves and masks to continue carrying out search for more dead
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 28, 2004, 7.58 p.m.. With nearly 19,000 confirmed as dead, police today called upon the public to donate ‘As Soon As Possible’ gloves and masks to all those persons currently searching for dead bodies... Back to the top

Race on to save tsunami survivors
CNN, Tuesday, December 28, 2004 Posted: 1:31 PM ES. CNN) -- International aid has begun reaching survivors of tsunamis that swept across the Indian Ocean from Thailand to Somalia, killing more than 33,000 people... Back to the top

Relief and rescue workers finding it difficult to operate in tsunami hit Trincomalee
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 28, 2004, 7.35 p.m.. So far over 950 dead bodies have been recovered in Trincomalee only... Back to the top

India rushes aid to Lanka
indiatimes.com, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2004 10:37:44 PM . NEW DELHI: Foreign aid for the tsunami-affected countries is pouring in from all over the world, but it is India that has maintained its lead in emergency relief and assistance in Sri Lanka and Maldives... Back to the top

Sri Lanka welcomes help from Malaysians
thestar.com, Wednesday December 29, 2004. KUALA LUMPUR: Sri Lanka welcomed the quick help offered by Mercy Malaysia and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, which are dispatching doctors and medicine to the island devastated by tsunami... Back to the top

New Year’s Eve dinner dances cancelled following tsunami
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 28, 2004, 9.55 p.m.. All New Year’s Eve dances at major hotels in Colombo have been cancelled, following the disastrous situation prevailing in the country... Back to the top

Kohl rescued as Swedes fear worst
BBC, Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 December, 2004, 17:. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was among thousands of foreign tourists caught in the tsunami disaster in southern Asia... Back to the top

In Sri Lanka, Twin Train Wreck Devastates Area
washingtonpost.com, Tuesday, December 28, 2004; 12:45 PM . GALLE, Sri Lanka, Dec. 28--The tsunami slammed into two trains that had come to a halt on the outskirts of a tiny fishing village near here, hurling a dozen of its cars across the countryside into coconut groves, fields and flimsy huts. With a death toll already estimated at around 1,500, the twin train wreck in Hikkaduwa, about 12 miles northwest of Galle, appears to have been the single most destructive incident in a country that bore the brunt of the tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Buries Victims
Yahoo, Tuesday, December 28, 2004. GALLE, Sri Lanka — Families of the dead used cooking utensils and even their bare hands to dig graves in the aftermath of a huge tidal wave in Sri Lanka (search), as rescuers searching through the debris uncovered another 482 bodies Tuesday, bringing the toll in this tropical island to 12,520... Back to the top

Survivors face disease threat
CNN, Tuesday, December 28, 2004. (CNN) -- As the death toll from the Asian tsunamis soars past 22,000, relief workers warn of even greater tragedy ahead if disease breaks out on a wide scale... Back to the top

Shock and loss in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, Tuesday, December 28, 2004 Posted: 1309 GMT . POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- People here seem bewildered by the enormity of what has happened to their country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka investors count the cost
theaustralian.news.com.au, December 29, 2004. INVESTORS in Sri Lanka yesterday began putting a value on the nation's misery... Back to the top

Asia Considers Disaster-Warning System
Associated Press, Tue December 28, 2004 12:03 EST . MIRANDA LEITSINGER - Associated Press Writer - The technology might have saved countless lives Sunday by giving residents in coastal areas especially in Sri Lanka and India, the hardest-hit nations hundreds of miles from the quake time to flee to higher ground... Back to the top

Fort Madison man starts fund for his hometown in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue December 28, 2004 10:02 EST . - - FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) A Fort Madison man is starting a relief fund to help rebuild his hometown in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Tsunami finally sinks in for S.Lanka survivors
alertnet.org, 28 Dec 2004 17:47:37 GMT. COLOMBO, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Jordanian tourist Ahmed Hmoud came to Sri Lanka to watch his son get married on an idyllic white sand beach, but the Indian Ocean washed away his dream and his close shave with death is only just sinking in... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says 25,000 Feared Killed by Tsunami
reuters.com, Tue Dec 28, 2004 05:06 AM ET . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government said on Tuesday authorities had recovered 12,895 bodies so far following passage of a devastating tsunami, and feared the final death toll would reach 25,000... Back to the top

Government decides to postpone the reopening of schools
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 28, 2004, 7.34 p.m.. The Ministry of Education has decided to postpone the reopening of all Government schools indefinitely... Back to the top

Red Cross sends clinic to Sri Lanka
aftenposten.no, 28 Dec 2004, 12:38. The Red Cross is focusing most of its assistance efforts on Sri Lanka, where more than 15,000 people died in the tidal waves and hundreds of thousands are injured and homeless... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Arthur C. Clarke, in Sri Lanka, Calls Tsunami Disaster of ...
space.com, 27 December 2004. Like scientists who focus on the dangers of these incredible sea waves, Sir Arthur has written about them... Back to the top

OSU Professor, Wife Reportedly Killed By Tsunami
sangam.org, Tuesday, 28th December 15:10GMT. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio State University professor and his wife were reportedly among those who died after a tsunami crashed into the coast of Sri Lanka, NBC 4's Holly Hollingsworth reported... Back to the top

Helmut Kohl evacuated from Sri Lankan hotel
ktre.com, Tuesday, 28 December, 2004, 18:18 GMT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has been airlifted out of a Sri Lankan hotel, where he'd been stranded by Sunday's earthquake and killer waves... Back to the top

Another body, another wail
Guardian, DECEMBER 28. The path to several thousand private hells is all too public... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rushes to bury its dead
BBC News, Tuesday, 28 December, 2004, 12:49 GMT . Efforts are continuing in Sri Lanka to bury the thousands of dead from Sunday's sea surges... Back to the top

Sri Lankan clean-up may take years
abc.net.au, Tuesday, December 28, 2004. 4:40pm . Thousands of anguished Sri Lankans are wearily searching for relatives swept away in a tsunami that has killed nearly 12,000 people in the country, with some fearing the clean-up could take years... Back to the top

Sri Lankan resort town mops up after tsunami
deepikaglobal.com, Tuesday, December 28, 2004. GALLE, Sri Lanka, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans began repairing their shattered homes and businesses today, two days after a tsunami sparked by an undersea earthquake wreaked havoc on the coastline... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

India gives aid to Sri Lanka, Maldives (LEAD):
newkerala.com, Tuesday, 28th Dec 17:23 GMT. [India News]: New Delhi, Dec 28 : India Tuesday said it would give over Rs.1 billion as assistance to tsunami-hit Sri Lanka and the Maldives, as it initiated steps to check the outbreak of epidemics in areas battered by Sunday's tidal waves... Back to the top

"More like a human tragedy than an economic one" _ Asia counts the tsunamis' cost
Associated Press, Tue December 28, 2004 01:01 EST . JAKE LLOYD-SMITH - Associated Press Writer - However, Sri Lanka - due west of the Sunday quake's epicenter off Indonesia's Sumatra Island and the archipelago state of the Maldives, further west, may have suffered far more intense economic damage... Back to the top

Japan to offer emergency grant aid, send troops to assist search-and-rescue effort after Asia quake, waves
Associated Press, Tue December 28, 2004 08:02 EST . KOZO MIZOGUCHI - Associated Press Writer - Foreign Ministry spokesman Jinichi Kadowaki said the grants are earmarked for India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives... Back to the top

Pak announces Rs.10m relief package for Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Dec. 27. slamabad, Dec. 27 : Pakistan has announced Rs.10 million relief package for the earthquake victims of Sri Lanka, keeping in view the tragic loss of lives and property in the country, caused by Sunday's earthquake and subsequent tidal waves. According to The News, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has directed that the relief goods comprising tents, medicines, drinking water and food items be sent to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Landmines may endanger tsunami survivors in Lanka: UN
hindustantimes.com, December 28, 2004 12:42 IST. Landmines left from years of civil war will likely endanger survivors and rescuers after a devastating tsunami hit Sri Lanka and other Asian states, UNICEF said... Back to the top

Massive aid effort gets under way
BBC News, Tuesday, 28 December, 2004, 09:01 GMT . The United Nations has begun its largest ever relief operation in response to the Asian quake disaster... Back to the top

U.S. Vows to Do More to Help Asia Victims
Associated Press, Tue December 28, 2004 09:02 EST . BARRY SCHWEID - AP Diplomatic Writer - Powell made condolence telephone calls and offered American assistance to the foreign ministers of Thailand, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Malaysia... Back to the top

Foreign Ministry says 28 French dead or missing and feared killed in Asian quake disaster
Associated Press, Tue December 28, 2004 08:05 EST . JOHN LEICESTER - Associated Press Writer - ``This number could rise because we are still without word from many French tourists,'' she said at a ministry news conference... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects Israel rescuers
Yahoo, Tuesday, 28 December, 2004, 16:37 GMT . Israel has cancelled plans to send a 150-person rescue mission to Sri Lanka after the devastated island objected to the military composition of the team... Back to the top

Russian rescuers begin search-and-rescue operation in Sri Lanka
tass.ru, 28.12.2004, 13.20. MOSCOW, December 28 (Itar-Tass) - Rescuers from the Russian Emergencies Ministry who arrived in the tsunami-hit Sri-Lanka on Monday have launched a search-and-rescue operation in the disaster zone, according to Emergencies Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers in war of words
nwsource.com, Tuesday, December 28, 2004 . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- This tropical island nation that has long been an ethnic cauldron of disagreement and violence remains one today, even in the face of a national tragedy that's seen 15,000 people perish in monster tidal waves... Back to the top

Nepal comes to the aid of Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Tuesday, 28th Dec 10:00GMT. [World News]: Kathmandu, Dec 28 : Rising above its own troubles caused by Maoist insurgency, Nepal has extended relief at both the government and private levels to tsunami-hit Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Survivors in Sri Lanka count blessings
com, 28 December , 2004, 08:42. Matara, Sri Lanka: In the horror of Sri Lanka's tidal wave tragedy, undertaker Mahilal Punchihewa manages to raise a smile... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Stocks Fall on Concern Tsunamis Will Stall Recovery
Yahoo, Dec 28 10:25. Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan stocks fell, led by John Keells Holdings Ltd. and Lanka IOC Ltd... Back to the top

Bay Area Expert Headed To Sri Lanka
nbc11.com, Tuesday, 28th Dec, 10:06GMT. The American Red Cross is sending a Mill Valley logistics expert to Sri Lanka Tuesday to help victims of Southern Asia's recent tsunamis, which killed more than 20,000 people over the weekend... Back to the top

200 foreign tourists killed in Lanka
ndtv.com, December 28, 2004. Hundreds of tourists are flocking to Colombo for relief and shelter after being evacuated from disaster hit areas across the country... Back to the top

8000 dead in northeast, 500 000 displaced, TRO appeals for help
tamilnet.com, DECEMBER 28. "8000 dead and 500,000 displaced in northeast of the Island of Sri Lanka", said The Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) in an urgent appeal to Tamil diaspora Monday evening... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tsunami death toll hits 12 212 - military
sabcnews.com, December 28, 2004, 08:45. Sri Lanka said today the death toll from a tsunami that slammed into the Indian Ocean island rose to 12 212 people... 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

Sri Lanka team wants to go home
bbc.co.uk, Tuesday, 28 December, 2004, 07:43 GMT. The manager of the Sri Lanka cricket team has revealed they are reluctant to continue the tour to New Zealand after the tsunami tragedy in south Asia... 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

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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