The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 29, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 268

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HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE TSUNAMI!
A massive tsunami, 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 "Tsunami 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 4:00 PM EST (US) December 29, 2004, we have collected over US$20,000.00. Please do continue to send the donations, more donations the better. See more details here.

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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.

Please kindly note that process of searching information of your friends/relatives might take couple of days.

Please follow the link to go to findthem.lk. More...

CNN has published the contact numbers for "locals" and non Sri Lankans who are searching for relatives and friends.

+94 11 536 1938 ( For Sri Lankans)

+94 11 243 7061 ( For Visitors to Sri Lanka )

Sri Lanka Tourist Board

This web-site lists the names of Visitors/Tourists who survived AND regsitered with the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. Please follow the link Sri Lanka Tourist Board
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Government Offers Help to the LTTE
SCOPP, Wednesday 29th December 14:30 GMT. Sri Lanka is witnessing the largest relief and rehabilitation activities in the wake of the Tsunami waves that caused immense destruction to lives and property on 26 December 2004. From the day the disaster struck on 26 December, the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) has been reaching out to the LTTE Peace Secretariat through the assistance of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to ascertain the essential items required for urgent humanitarian relief.

On 27 December, the Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat, Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala conveyed the offer of Government assistance to Mr. S. Puleedevan, Secretary General of the LTTE Peace Secretariat.

Further, on 28 December, the Government's offer to render all possible assistance to the people of the North and the East, without discrimination, was conveyed in a letter sent by the Secretary to President, Mr. W.J.S Karunaratne to Mr. S.P Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE Political Division."

All Government services are available for deployment in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts in the same manner as for all other affected parts of our country," the letter says.

He also invited the LTTE to participate in a high-level coordinating committee that President Kumaratunga has established to ensure prompt and effective delivery of relief services.

The Government's offer of assistance to the LTTE in disaster relief has also been conveyed to Kilinochchi by His Excellency, Hans Brattskar, Ambassdor of Norway.
Published: Wed Dec 29 09:35:23 EST 2004 Back to the top


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Business Community assures support to Sri Lankan President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 29, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. The Sri Lankan business community has extended its utmost support to the President and Government. During a meeting with President Kumaratunga, Colombo’s elite business community which comprised leaders from the Banking, Insurance, Tourism, Garments, Airlines, and Trading industries also informed Ms. Kumaratunga that they have already taken short- term measures to grant immediate relief to the affected by the Tsunamis.

President Kumaratunga explained to them that the government’s intention to accelerate the redevelopment of the affected areas by appointing seven Task Forces. The President appealed to the business community to work in partnership with these committees and also make their contribution. The Task Forces will oversee the areas of housing and urban planning, highways, railways, schools, healthcare services including hospitals, tourism, electricity and telecom, the Presidential Secretariat said.
Published: Wed Dec 29 13:00:16 EST 2004 Back to the top


You could not help : Sri Lanka mops up train tragedy
channelnewsasia.com, Time is GMT + 8 hours . Posted: 30 December 2004 1049 hrs MITIYAGODA, Sri Lanka : Some 400 bodies are still trapped inside the gnarled train carriages hurled from their tracks, which had been twisted like a mobius strip off the ground by the force of the deadly tsunami... Back to the top

A Strategy to Help in Hard-Hit Sri Lanka
NPR, December 29, 2004. NPR's Joe Palca speaks with John Lancaster, South Asian bureau chief for The Washington Post reporting from Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, about disaster relief strategy in that country following Sunday's deadly tsunami... Back to the top

Sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke loses Sri Lanka diving school
Yahoo, Wednesday December 29. British-born science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, who has made Sri Lanka his adopted home, lost his diving school with the deadly tsunami eerily echoing a plotline from his first book on the island... Back to the top

Navy’s role in Lanka reflects shift in bilateral ties
indianexpress.com, Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 0234 hours IS. C RAJA MOHAN NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 29: That the Indian Navy could join the relief operations in Sri Lanka that bore the brunt of the tsunami strike is a reflection of the positive state of current relations between New Delhi and Colombo as well as the level of mutual confidence between the two naval forces... Back to the top

Connecticut doctors, residents leave to help victims
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 18:01 EST . SUSAN HAIGH - Associated Press Writer - HARTFORD, Conn... Back to the top

US weather chief calls for global surveillance system to spot tsunamis
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 17:04 EST . JOHN HEILPRIN - Associated Press Writer - Twenty-six countries now make up the International Coordination Group for the Tsunami Warning System... Back to the top

Tourists Airlifted From Sri Lanka
themoscowtimes.com, Thursday, December 30, 2004. Page 3.. By Nabi Abdullaev Staff Writer A government plane on Wednesday airlifted home a first group of 21 Russian tourists from Sri Lanka who escaped devastating tidal waves that one tourist said made him feel like a bug... Back to the top

Richest nations pledge over US$250 million for earthquake, tsunami victims
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 14:59 EST . LEYLA LINTON - Associated Press Writer - Countries: US$70 million for Sri Lanka, US$40 million for Indonesia and US$20 million for the Maldives... Back to the top

Colorado satellite-imaging firms aid in Tsunami relief
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 15:58 EST . HEATHER DRAPER - - Space Imaging Inc., of Thornton, Colo., and DigitalGlobe, of Longmont, Colo., captured shots of the coastline of Sri Lanka - and other areas hit hard by crashing waves. In one DigitalGlobe image of Kalutara, Sri Lanka - , only the tops of trees and rooftops can be seen as huge waves swirl offshore and waters flood several blocks of homes inland... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s war machine gears for relief as tsunami toll nears ...
turkishpress.com, 12/29/2004 16:46 GMT - AFP. COLOMBO, Dec 29 (AFP) - Sri Lanka Wednesday mobilised its entire public service and the military into an internationally-backed relief operation to stave off hunger and disease as the tsunami death toll neared 22,500... Back to the top

Tsunami Terror: More than 12,000 still missing in Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 29, 2004, 7.25 p.m.. With the Sri Lankan death toll reaching towards the 25,000 mark, sources in the North East pointed out that the number of missing persons only in the North East is well over 12,000... Back to the top

Wave toll 'could exceed 100,000'
BBC, Wednesday, 29 December, 2004, 14:30 GMT. The number of dead from Sunday's Indian Ocean sea surges is likely to rise above 100,000, the Red Cross has said... Back to the top

President appoints apex body to assist and facilitate disaster relief activities
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 29, 2004, 7.15 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today appointed an apex body to assist and facilitate all disaster relief activities undertaken by the various Government and Non Governmental Organizations... Back to the top

Relief agencies ask for money for quake, tsunami victims
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 10:05 EST . CARRIE ANTLFINGER - Associated Press Writer - The death toll climbed past 76,700 Wednesday in about a dozen nations, including Sri Lanka, India and Thailand... Back to the top

Quake to slow Sri Lanka’s economy
nwanews.com, Wednesday, December 29, 2004. Economists said Tuesday that Sri Lanka’s relatively weak economy will be slowed the most after the weekend’s disastrous tidal waves... Back to the top

Sri Lanka struggling with aid measures
UPI, December 29, 2004. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The death toll from Sunday's tsunami could reach as high as 30,000 in Sri Lanka, authorities said Wednesday. Meanwhile, relief workers continue to find more bodies in the areas hit by the disaster, probably the worst of its kind in history... Back to the top

“Three days since tsunami, but no Government relief yet to North East,” LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 29, 2004, 7.26 p.m.. Despite an earlier claim by the Presidential Secretariat that the Government has dispatched large stocks of dry rations and other essential items to tsunami affected persons in the North East, the LTTE Peace Secretariat alleged today that, “its three days since disaster struck, but No government relief yet... Back to the top

Tourists Airlifted From Sri Lanka
themoscowtimes.com, Thursday, December 30, 2004. A government plane on Wednesday airlifted home a first group of 21 Russian tourists from Sri Lanka who escaped devastating tidal waves that one tourist said made him feel like a bug... Back to the top

LTTE leader wants ‘magnanimous assistance’ from international community
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 29, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. Amidst expressing his condolences to the Muslim and Sinhalese victims of the Tsunami, LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran today called for ‘magnanimous assistance’ from the international community and the United Nations agencies, to help the tsunami victims to come out of the present crisis they are facing... Back to the top

India gives 2.6 Billion, Kofi Annan promises ‘whatever further aid needed to overcome the crisis’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 29, 2004, 7.22 p.m.. Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has informed President Kumaratunga that the Indian Cabinet had met and decided to donate to Sri Lanka 100 Indian Crore for necessary relief measures... Back to the top

Canada government, Red Cross send Sri Lanka 25 tonnes aid
Yahoo, Wed, Dec 29, 2004. MONTREAL (AFP) - The Canadian Red Cross and Canadian government announced they would send 25 tonnes of food and other aid to Sri Lanka for victims of tsunamis, which also hit other Asian countries... Back to the top

Sri Lanka struggles to cope with offers of aid
ft.com, December 29 2004 11:24. Sri Lanka was on Wednesday struggling to cope with offers of assistance from the United Nations and dozens of aid organisations as the death toll from Sunday’s tsunami rose to at least 22,000... Back to the top

GOAL team flies out to Sri Lanka to co-ordinate aid
Ireland online, 29/12/2004 - 17:32:18 . GOAL is dispatching engineers, doctors and nurses to stricken regions after the devastation of the Indian Ocean tsunami... Back to the top

Sri Lankan air force rescues lone fisherman after three days at ...
whnt19.com, December 29, 2004. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Amid the death and destruction, there are some stories of survival in south Asia... Back to the top

Foreign aid flooding into tsunami-hit Sri Lanka :-
webindia123.com, December 29, 2004 1:16:47 PM IST. Foreign aid started to pour in with 16 countries pledging assistance to the tsunami-stricken victims in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka, reports Xinhua... Back to the top

Army medical team ready to fly to Sri Lanka
centralchronicle.com, Thursday December 30, 2004 . CHENNAI: A team of Indian Army personnel, mostly from medical field, was ready for being airlifted to Sri Lanka, part of which has also witnessed destruction due to the earthquake and tsunami on Sun- day, General Officer Commanding, Southern Command, Lt... Back to the top

Tsunami death toll over 67,000 as aid rolls in; west coast of Sumatra inundated
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 08:54 EST . LELY T. DJUHARI - Associated Press Writer - Sri Lanka on Wednesday listed more than 22,400 people dead, India close to 7,000 with 8,000 missing and feared dead... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says 22,493 Dead, Toll Could Pass 30,000
reuters.com, Wed Dec 29, 2004 05:05 AM ET . COLOMBO (Reuters) - A total of 22,493 people have been confirmed killed in Sri Lanka by a tsunami and the number is rising, the government said on Wednesday, forecasting the toll could pass the 30,000 mark... Back to the top

Tsunami in Sri Lanka: Day 3 - Tuesday
Sanjiva Weerawarana , December 28, 2004. I got back from a trip to the southern city of Galle just a little while ago... Back to the top

Reports From Southern Coast of Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 08:02 EST . HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka , Dec. 29 -- Plan Sri Lanka's Program Unit Manager R W W Wijerathne reports from Hambantota, a coastal district particularly hard-hit by the devastating Tsunami, as part of its South East program unit. Mr Wijerathne managed to get through to Hambantota within hours of receiving the news of the disaster... Back to the top

Unearthed landmine fears in Sri Lanka
UPI, December 29, 2004 . Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Fears arose Wednesday in Sri Lanka the weekend earthquake and flooding had unearthed thousands of civil war landmines, Sky News reported.The hardest-hit part of the island Sunday was in the north, where rebel Tamil Tigers have fought the government for two decades for independence, and created a mine-ridden no-man's land. The Tigers said nearly 10,000 people had perished in areas they control, while about the same number remained missing Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka air force finds 3,000 people alive, marooned after tidal wave
Yahoo, Wednesday December 29, 09:38 AM . AMPARA, Sri Lanka (AFX) - Some 3,000 Sri Lankan villagers, believed to have perished in the island's tidal wave disaster, were found alive Wednesday, giving an early lift to airborne military relief operations... Back to the top

Swedish quake survivors say southern Asians' selflessness was life-changing
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 12:00 EST . MATTIAS KAREN - Associated Press Writer - The Foreign Ministry said between 600 and 800 Swedes were in Sri Lanka when the tsunami hit... Back to the top

An earthquake early warning system for Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 29, 2004, 7.17 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is to establish a Disaster Management Center with US and French expertise... Back to the top

U.N.: disease could break out in tsunami affected areas 'in the next few days'
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 08:04 EST . SAM CAGE - Associated Press Writer - Worst-hit have been Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and the Maldives... Back to the top

Medair Operational in Sri Lanka
alertnet.org, 29 Dec 2004 15:16:00 GMT. Medair has deployed a team to Sri Lanka to respond to the effects of the tsunami which has destroyed much of the coastal areas in southern Asia... Back to the top

UN to meet LTTE on Thursday to discuss relief
hindustantimes.com, December 29, 2004 18:44 IST. The United Nations, which is going to be a key relief provider to tsunami- hit Sri Lanka, will be meeting the LTTE's leadership on Thursday, to organise relief and rehabilitation in areas under the control of the Tamil rebel group in the North Eastern part of the island... Back to the top

Victims of Sri Lanka 's death train laid to rest
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 06:02 EST . The Samudra Devi, or Ocean Queen, was one of the many trains belonging to the Sri Lanka Government Railway that service the idyllic coastline between Colombo and the southern cities of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Indonesia and Sri Lanka alone account for 45,000 deaths:
newkerala.com, Dec 28 . The full magnitude of Sunday's earthquake-tidal wave disaster became known today with authorities in Indonesia and Sri Lanka putting the death figure at a staggering 45,000 people while that in the devastated areas in India mounting massive relief and rehabilitation operations... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Faces Refugee Crisis
Yahoo, Wednesday December 29, 10:19 AM. In Sri Lanka, up to a million people are seeking refuge in temporary shelters after the Asian tidal waves swept away their homes... Back to the top

Aid arrives in tsunami disaster zones
The Guardian, Wednesday December 29, 2004 . Flights packed with ready-made meals, medicines and doctors were today arriving in countries ravaged by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean which has left almost 70,000 people, half of them children, dead... Back to the top

At Sri Lanka's U.N. Mission, Working Through the Despair
The New York Times, December 29, 2004. THE telephone rang again on the ambassador's desk, and for a minute the conversation sounded as though it could be about almost anything... Back to the top

Mass burials for decomposing bodies as Sri Lanka toll mounts:
newkerala.com, Wednesday, December 29, 2004. [World News]: Colombo, Dec 28 : Sri Lanka today organised mass burials as more bodies were pulled out of the wreckage left by the Tsunami devastation of most of the island's coast which has so far claimed over 12,300 lives, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s tsunami-hit Tiger rebels dig mass graves
khaleejtimes.com, 29 December 2004. MULLAITTIVU, Sri Lanka - Hemmed in by a landmined border in Sri Lanka’s northeast, feared Tamil Tiger rebels appealed for help on Wednesday as they dug mass graves to clear thousands of reeking corpses strewn by a deadly tsunami... Back to the top

Death is a numbers game in Asia's towns hit by tidal waves
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 07:00 EST . S. SRINIVASAN - Associated Press Writer - In the ocean of human loss arising from Sunday's tsunami destruction in Asia, stand little armies of stone-faced officials who have no time for grief or shock... Back to the top

U.N. begins relief effort, says billions will be needed for reconstruction
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 01:53 EST . LEYLA LINTON - Associated Press Writer - Worst-hit have been Indonesia, Sri Lanka - , India, Thailand and the Maldives... Back to the top

UNHCR to open local relief stockpiles in Sri Lanka
rediff.com, December 29, 2004 12:58 IST. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is opening up its local relief stockpiles in Sri Lanka to deliver immediate emergency assistance to victims of Sunday's devastating tsunami, which left thousands of dead, injured and displaced on the island state... Back to the top

Pope renews call for international relief efforts for people hit by Asian quake
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 05:57 EST . ``News that keeps coming from Asia increasingly shows the enormous scale of the catastrophe that hit in particular India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand,'' the pope said in a message during his weekly audience at the Vatican... Back to the top

Australia to contribute additional A$25 million to tsunami relief effort
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 05:04 EST . MERAIAH FOLEY - Associated Press Writer - Downer said that A$10 million (US$7.8 million, euro5.72 million) of the new money is earmarked for emergency supplies for Indonesia and A$5 million (US$3.9 million euro2.86 million) for Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Foreign aid flooding into tsunami-hit Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Wednesday, December 29, 2004. [World News]: Colombo, Dec 29 : Foreign aid started to pour in with 16 countries pledging assistance to the tsunami-stricken victims in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka, reports Xinhua... Back to the top

World Vision assists hospitals in south Sri Lanka
alertnet.org, 29 Dec 2004 05:41:00 GMT. World Vision Sri Lanka has begun assisting in tsunami relief efforts in the southern-most coastal areas of Sri Lanka, including Galle, Matara and Hambantota... Back to the top

Survivors stunned in the devastation of Sri Lanka's Kinniya island
Yahoo, Wednesday December 29, 04:27 PM . KINNIYA ISLAND, Sri Lanka (AFP) - Survivors on the Sri Lankan island of Kinniya of monster waves that wreaked terrible destruction at the weekend are still stunned: they have buried their dead but hold back their tears... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Struggles to Aid Victims
Yahoo, Wednesday, December 29, 2004. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Trucks and cargo planes ferried food, drinking water and medical supplies Wednesday to welfare centers sheltering some of the 1 million Sri Lankans left homeless by the massive Asian tsunami (search), amid reports that some supplies were being hijacked... Back to the top

Bush expresses condolences, assures President Kumaratunga of aid ...
dailynews.lk, Wednesday, 29 December 2004. US President George W. Bush sent a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga expressing his nations condolences to the Sri Lankan President and the people also expressing Americas determination to help rebuild the Sri Lankan nation devastated by the Tsunami... Back to the top

Singapore sends relief supplies to Sri Lanka and Thailand
Yahoo, 29 December 2004 2052 hrs. SINGAPORE : The Singapore government on Wednesday extended its humanitarian relief assistance to Sri Lanka and Thailand... Back to the top

Chinese vice president expresses condolences to Sri Lanka for tsunami damage, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 10:56 EST . BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong expressed his condolences to the Sri Lankan government and people who have suffered from the disaster of tsunami, while meeting with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar here Wednesday. I feel very shocked for the casualties and property damage caused by the tsunami, Zeng said, adding that China and Sri Lanka - are good neighbors and close friends... Back to the top

Canadian Sri Lankans raising funds to rebuild
ctv.ca, Wed. Dec. 29 2004 6:31 AM ET . Canada's Sri Lankan community has been devastated by news of the tsunami disaster in their home country, with one in 10 dealing with the loss of loved ones... Back to the top

Opening of all schools delayed in Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, 2004-12-29 13:43:26. COLOMBO, Dec. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Opening of all schools scheduled for Jan. 3 for the new academic year 2005 has been postponed due to the massive disaster, Education Ministry sources said Wednesday. The ministry will announce the new date later according to the process of rescuing operations... Back to the top

Tsunami kills people in Sri Lanka , but not animals
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 04:02 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) As Sri Lanka - 's human death toll surged, wildlife officials expressed surprise Wednesday that they found no evidence of large-scale deaths among animals from the weekend's massive tsunami... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Relief Effort for Southeast Asia Gains Momentum - Part 1
Associated Press, Tue December 28, 2004 23:52 EST . - - Reporting live for us from Colombo, Sri Lanka - , CNN's Dr... 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

Historian missing in Sri Lanka
bbc.co.uk, Wednesday, 29 December, 2004, 10:18 GMT . There are fears for the safety of an historian from County Antrim who is missing in Sri Lanka following the undersea earthquake in south-east Asia... Back to the top

Families of missing Japanese heading for Sri Lanka
japantoday.com, Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 12:49 JST. TOKYO — About 20 family members of 10 Japanese tourists missing since the massive tsunami struck Sri Lanka on Sunday left Japan on Wednesday for the island... 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

Cricket-Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand scrapped after disaster
Yahoo, Wed, Dec 29, 2004 . LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand had been postponed following the tsunami that devastated southern Asia, the International Cricket Council said on Wednesday... 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 funerals underway as Sri Lanka declares mourning day
turkishpress.com, 12-28-2004, 12h48. COLOMBO (AFP) - Mass funerals of thousands of tsunami victims got underway in Sri Lanka as volunteers pulled more decomposed corpses from washed out trains, cars and smashed buildings... 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

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

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 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

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