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DECEMBER 30, 2004 EST, USA
 
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HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE TSUNAMI!
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Sri Lanka prepares to mourn tsunami terror victims
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 30, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. Sri Lanka prepares tommorrow to commemorate over 27,000 people who lost their lives in Sunday’s tsunami. Nearly all houses and shops have put up white flags as a mark of respect to the dead. Early this week the Government declared tommorrow a national mourning day and many programmes have been lined up in commemoration. The Government has also requested that people light a candle or lamp in remembrance of the tsunami victims instead of lighting crackers on 31st night. The Gala New Year’s Eve dinner dances in many hotels across the country - including all star class hotels in Colombo - have also been cancelled as a mark of respect to the victims of the tidal wave terror.
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Sri Lanka Tsunami – Medical Appeal
lankabusinessonline.com, 28 December 2004 13:47 hours. Relief organizations working in Sri Lanka are appealing for volunteer medical practitioners to go into tsunami struck areas as the risk of disease mounts. Sarvodaya, one of Sri Lanka's most active charities say they need medical practitioners who can stay at least two days out of Colombo. "We need people who can stay out of Colombo for at least two days," says Arjun Krishnaratnam, a co-ordinator in charge of relief activities. "We need professionals who can look after themselves." Krishnaratnam says final-year medical students from universities have been some of the most active volunteers, who displayed a willingness to work under minimal conditions without complaint. More...
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Medical Worry - Tidal Wave Update
lankabusinessonline.com, 28 December 2004 10:43 hours . Rotting human and animal remains, lack of clean water and overstretched medical facilities are increasing the risk of disease in Sri Lanka's tsunami struck coastal areas, as the disaster enters its third day. Sri Lanka's state television appealed for vehicles to ferry medical personnel to affected areas, as the stricken nation's medical facilities are being swamped by the dead from the killer wave that hit the country Sunday. Medical staff in affected areas, have been working virtually round-the-clock for nearly 72 hours in medical facilities that survived the tsunami. More...
Published: Thu Dec 30 15:50:38 EST 2004 Back to the top

NEWS Sri Lanka: The Alexanders Escape Horrors on Trip to Asia
Yahoo, Thu Dec 30 23:00:44 EST 2004. By MAX HART When Todd and Kara Alexander left for a month-long vacation to Sri Lanka a week before Christmas, the Oak Bluffs couple was looking forward to relaxing in the warm sun and white sand beaches of Arugam Bay... Back to the top

Sri Lanka and Maldives seen bearing economic brunt of tsunami ...
channelnewsasia.com, Posted: 31 December 2004 1059 hrs . LONDON : Sri Lanka and the Maldives are likely to suffer the heaviest economic consequences from the tsunami wave disaster, with bigger economies in the region better placed to withstand the fallout, analysts said... Back to the top

No disruption in flight schedule: SriLankan Airlines
deepikaglobal.com, Friday, December 31, 2004 . Chennai, Dec 30 (UNI) The SriLankan Airlines today announced that there has been no disruption or change to its flight schedule to any destinations from India... Back to the top

Stories from abroad: A day in Sri Lanka
nwsource.com, Thursday, December 30, 2004 - Page updated at. If you want to sleep don't come to Sri Lanka. Coming into Sri Lanka now is like arriving cold in a major theater of war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka struggles to check epidemic
UPI, December 30, 2004. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- V More than 1.2 million displaced people are becoming restive over the slow pace of relief distribution in the north, east and south of this island nation that was hit by a giant tsunami Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise over 27,000, while some 1,800 people, including foreign tourists are still missing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka devastation unimaginable
news.com.au, December 31, 2004. DAMAGED infrastructure and a lack of government direction were hampering relief efforts in tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka, chief executive of World Vision Australia, Tim Costello, said today... Back to the top

Sri Lankan publication takes government to task for not accepting ...
israelinsider.com, December 30, 2004. By: israelinsider staff Published: December 30, 2004 There have been conflicting reports that the medical aid and team of specialised personnel from Israel and their assistance offered has been refused by the Sri Lankan authorities and if true somewhat of an apathy as this is no time for Sri Lanka to be bickering about diplomatic protocols where there seem to be none involved... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government to link with rebels
ft.com, Published: December 30 2004 19:23 | Last upda. By Ray Marcelo in Colombo Chandrika Kumaratunga, Sri Lanka's president, on Thursday took control of disaster relief operations - and said she would work with rebel Tamil Tigers to bring aid to rebel-controlled areas... Back to the top

Unprecedented aid flows as Sri Lanka tsunami toll set to cross 29000
turkishpress.com, 12/30/2004. COLOMBO, Dec 30 (AFP) - Unprecedented foreign aid poured into Sri Lanka as its tsunami death toll was set to cross 29,000, but relief operations had effectively checked the spread of disease, the president said... Back to the top

Rebuilding Sri Lanka’s damaged infrastructure is going to cost Billions
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 30, 2004, 11.53 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has requested the United States to assist Sri Lanka in rebuilding the damage to infrastructure, which has to be carried out ‘very urgently’... Back to the top

In future no more houses close to sea coast – President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 31, 2004, 12.30 a.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has emphasized that future construction of houses would not be allowed in areas close to the sea coast as a safety measure... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Military Doing All It Can to Find Tsunami survivors
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 15:05 EST . Alan Colmes, Mike Gallagher, Peter Sharp, Alisyn Camerota - - Spec: Disasters; Sri Lanka - ; Earthquakes; Death COLMES: And finally tonight, a few minutes ago, we told you about the devastation in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka calls for more foreign aid as food convoys roll out
Yahoo, Thu Dec 30,12:31 AM ET. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka has urged the international community to step up its financial aid to help tsunami relief efforts, as a convoy of food trucks left for rebel-held areas on the north of the devastated island... Back to the top

Tsunami may bring peace to Lanka - Reuters
dailynews.lk, Friday, 31 December 2004. Reuters) The aftermath of a tsunami that destroyed vast swathes of Sri Lanka's coastline raised hopes on Thursday of a new era of peace between the LTTE and the Government... Back to the top

Fresh tsunami warning sends people scrambling in India, Sri Lanka ; death toll expected to top 100,000
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 08:02 EST . LELY T. DJUHARI - Associated Press Writer - In Sri Lanka, the military told residents of coastal areas not panic, but the government advised them to move to higher ground as a precaution... Back to the top

Millions Hunt Food as Tsunami Toll Passes 87,000
Reuters, Thu Dec 30, 2004 04:54 AM ET . BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Millions of people on Indian Ocean shores scrambled for food and clean water on Thursday, with disease and hunger now the main threats stalking survivors of the most devastating tsunami on record... Back to the top

Government Engaged in large-scale Relief Activities
SCOPP, Thu, 30 Dec 2004 18:09:27 LKT. Following the destruction of lives and property caused by the Tsunami waves that hit Sri Lanka on 26th December, the Government of Sri Lanka has embarked on large-scale relief and rehabilitation activities in all affected areas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s doctors fight their grief
theaustralian.news.com.au, December 31, 2004. FOUR days after the tsunami struck the once picturesque port city of Galle in Sri Lanka's south, a makeshift crew of rescue workers was yesterday still dragging bloated bodies from partially collapsed buildings and the sea... Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up health measures
Yahoo, Friday, Dec 31, 2004 . COLOMBO, DEC. 30. Western health officials headed to devastated areas of Sri Lanka on Thursday after officials warned about possible disease outbreaks among 1 million people sheltering in crowded refugee centres... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Muslims ride tide of faith after tsunami
Yahoo, 30 Dec 2004 14:36:21 GMT. KALMUNAI, Sri Lanka, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Regardless of what religion you may have been, if you were one of the thousands who died when Sunday's tsunami struck the Maruthamunai quarter of Kalmunai on Sri Lanka's east coast, chances are you were buried a Muslim... Back to the top

In Sri Lanka, a struggle to find aid — and give it
The New York Times , Thursday, December 30, 2004. NILAVELI, Sri Lanka His home gone, his family shivering and hungry, everything he owned swept out to sea, Velu Kannan wandered down a lonely road here looking for a pen... Back to the top

India, Lanka plan SAARC tsunami detector
hindustantimes.com, December 30, 2004 03:33 IST. The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has said that Sri Lanka and India have discussed a plan to develop a South Asian tsunami warning system... Back to the top

Harim Peiris, UPFA Minister visit Jaffna to view d
tamilnet.com, December 29, 2004 12:18 GMT. TamilNet, December 29, 2004 12:18 GMT] Mr.Harim Peiris, Presidential Advisor, accompanied by Mr.D.E.W.Gunasekara, Constitutional Affairs and National Integration Minister in the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government, arrived in Jaffna Wednesday to see the devastation of the Jaffna peninsula after Sunday's Tsunami, political sources in Jaffna said. Mr... Back to the top

Indian help flows to Lanka
dailynews.lk, Friday, 31 December 2004. The Indian Government is providing relief assistance from the very first day of the disaster in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

China always gives maximum support in Sri Lanka s times of trouble
dailynews.lk, Friday, 31 December 2004. The Chinese Government yesterday pledged more assistance to rebuild and reconstruct the tsunami devastated areas of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Britons Head-Up Sri Lanka Aid Effort
scotsman.com, Thursday, 30th December 2004 . British workers today took over the key task of co-ordinating all the aid that has poured into the ravaged island of Sri Lanka from scores of nations across the globe... Back to the top

Goods collected locally will be shipped to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 09:03 EST . - - UNDATED (AP) Massachusetts residents are pitching in to the massive relief effort for victims of the South Asian earthquake and tsunamis... Back to the top

Sri Lanka leader leaves tsunami meeting
nwsource.com, Thursday, December 30, 2004 . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Bodyguards whisked Sri Lanka's prime minister away from a meeting with ethnic-Tamil tsunami quake victims Thursday after some victims hit journalists and a soldier with wooden poles... Back to the top

Tsunami swallows most of southern Lanka town
expressindia.com, Wednesday, December 29, 2004. Hambantota, Sri Lanka, December 29: This story is datelined Hambantota, Wednesday, but in reality most of the town doesn't exist anymore... Back to the top

Tsunami leaves one in 12 homeless in Sri Lanka
abc.net.au, Thursday, 30 December , 2004 08:03:04. PETER CAVE: Sri Lanka's death toll stands at around 22,500, while one in 12 of the population is homeless... Back to the top

Public service, military called in after Sri Lanka’s worst-ever ...
hipakistan.com, December 30 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Wednesday pressed its entire public service and the military into an internationally-backed relief operation to stave off hunger and disease while speeding up mass burials for rotting corpses left by a tidal wave which killed tens of thousands across Asia... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Worries About Disease Outbreaks
Yahoo, Thursday 30th Dce 09:25 GMT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Dec 29, 2004 — Officials warned about possible disease outbreaks in crowded refugee centers Wednesday, while trucks and cargo planes ferried food, drinking water and medical supplies to some of the 1 million Sri Lankans made homeless by Asia's tsunami disaster... Back to the top

Experts fan out to prevent disease outbreaks in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 05:57 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Western health officials headed to devastated areas of Sri Lanka on Thursday after officials warned about possible disease outbreaks among 1 million people sheltering in crowded refugee centers... Back to the top

Gates Foundation pledges $3 million for aid to tsunami victims; Amazon.com raises another $3.5 million
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 06:04 EST . Microsoft's company offices in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India are working with relief organizations, a spokeswoman said... Back to the top

WFP delivers food aid to tsunami-hit Lankans:
newkerala.com, Thursday 30th December 2004. [World News]: Rome (Italy), Dec.29 : The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday sent its first truckloads of relief food to 12 tsunami-hit districts in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankans appeal for more aid
BBC, Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 10:45 GMT . Sri Lanka has issued an appeal for more international aid to help it provide for up to a million people displaced by Sunday's tsunami... Back to the top

Breathing Sri Lanka's torment
Yahoo, Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 11:23 GMT . The earthquake under the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the tsunami that followed, have left thousands dead across south and east Asia... Back to the top

NY temple sends medicine, prayers to Sri Lanka
nynewsday.com, December 29, 2004, 7:13 PM EST. The chief monk of a Queens Buddhist temple returned from tsunami-wrecked Sri Lanka Wednesday and immediately appealed for medicine, financial help and construction tools for his native country... Back to the top

HL:Ontario pledges $5 million in aid as Asia rebuilds following tsunamis
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 10:01 EST . Canada will also send a planeload of relief supplies to Indonesia, the nation hardest hit by the Dec... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s NZ community raising funds for disaster relief
stuff.co.nz, 31 December 2004 . Sri Lankans living in Auckland are foregoing traditional New Year's Eve celebrations tomorrow night to concentrate on fundraising for disaster survivors... Back to the top

Prime minister: Final Swedish death toll from tsunami could exceed 1,000
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 12:04 EST . MATTIAS KAREN - Associated Press Writer - Denmark has confirmed seven casualties and Norway 21... Back to the top

Germany says 33 confirmed dead in Asia tsunamis, more than 1,000 missing
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 09:59 EST . Deputy foreign minister Klaus Scharioth said 26 Germans have been identified in Thailand and seven in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

90 French people declared missing, 20 other killed in tsunamis, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 13:58 EST . According to this latest announcement, 20 French people were killed in the stricken Asian countries, 19 in Thailand and one in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Aid Plea for Tamil Tiger Areas
scotsman.com, Thursday, 30th December 2004. Almost 10,600 people were killed by the Boxing Day tidal wave in the Tamil Tiger-controlled area of north eastern Sri Lanka, an aid worker said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Aid slow to get through
cnn.com, Thursday, December 30, 2004 Posted: 0350 GMT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Delivering aid to Sri Lanka's tsunami-struck disaster areas is being hampered by poor transport, aid officials have told CNN... Back to the top

Asia's New Year celebrations to become remembrance services as quake disaster unfolds, fireworks canceled
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 07:04 EST . Three Singaporeans have been confirmed dead, and that total is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered and identified from the shattered coastlines of Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, the Maldives and elsewhere... Back to the top

Russia sends more humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, 2004-12-30 20:38:55. MOSCOW, Dec. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- A Russian plane left here for Sri Lanka early Thursday morning, carrying humanitarian aid for victims of Sunday's devastating tsunamis, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Il-76 cargo plane is loaded with over 20 tons of airlifts, including 60 large tents, 7,000 bed linen packs and two water purification machines, Itar-Tass news agency cited the ministry assaying... Back to the top

Bodies still entombed in Sri Lanka train swallowed by tsunami
channelnewsasia.com, 30 December 2004 1146 hrs . MITIYAGODA, Sri Lanka : The buzz of an electric chain saw pierces the air as it cuts through a coconut palm pinning a bloated corpse... Back to the top

Desperation felt in Indonesia as relief effort bogs down; tsunami toll continues to climb
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 02:01 EST . CHRIS BRUMMITT - Associated Press Writer - Paramedics in southern India began vaccinating thousands of survivors against cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A and dysentery, and authorities sprayed bleaching powder on beaches where bodies have been recovered... 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

Devastation in Sri Lanka 'too horrific'
Yahoo, December 30, 2004 - 6:54PM. Pictures from the north and east of Sri Lanka are too horrific for Australian audiences, says the only aid agency willing to venture into the tsunami-devastated area... Back to the top

India on mercy mission in Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Thursday 30th Dec 11:20 GMT. [World News]: Colombo, Dec 30 : India, while battling its own tsunami ravages, is assisting Sri Lanka in a big way to cope with the calamity... Back to the top

7 Japanese in Sri Lanka confirmed dead, bringing total to 14+
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 07:03 EST . TOKYO, Dec. 30 (Kyodo) Relatives of Japanese tourists who went missing in Sri Lanka after Sunday's quake-triggered tsunamis identified seven bodies Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said. The relatives arrived earlier in the day in Sri Lanka to view bodies believed to be those of Japanese citizens, which had been kept in Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lankans in Canada at odds over uses of aid
theglobeandmail.com, Thursday, December 30, 2004 . Sri Lankan groups in Canada are waging a public-relations war over aid money, proving that ethnic tensions and terrorism fears can survive a powerful force of nature that has wiped out tens of thousands of lives... Back to the top

Tsunami in South East Asia: Handicap International starts working in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, 30 Dec 2004 10:27:00 GMT. Following the tsunami on the 26th December, Handicap International has been working around the clock to provide emergency relief in Sri Lanka, one of the most affected countries... Back to the top

U.S. military starts aid effort
Associated Press, Thu December 30, 2004 05:03 EST . U.S. military disaster experts arrived in Thailand and Sri Lanka on Wednesday to help plan relief efforts for thousands of tsunami survivors facing disease and starvation in one of the worst natural disasters in modern history... Back to the top

Tsunami waters raise landmine fears in Sri Lanka
expressindia.com, Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 1437 hours IST. Sri Lanka, December 30: Already haunted by fears of a new tsunami or spread of disease, survivors picking through debris of entire towns to recover corpses at Sri Lanka's northern tip face a new danger -- floating landmines... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

A believe-it-or-not story from Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Thursday 30th Dec. [World News]: Colombo, Dec 30 : India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Nirupama Rao believes miracles still do happen... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tourist Board sets up dedicated website
ameinfo.com, Thursday, December 30 - 2004. A dedicated website has been established by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) in Dubai to provide easy access to vital information in the aftermath of the 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

Sri Lanka 's reclusive rebel leader makes rare plea to donors to help tsunami victims
Associated Press, Wed December 29, 2004 18:48 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's reclusive Tamil Tiger rebel leader made a rare personal appeal Wednesday to international aid donors and U... 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

Tsunami killed eight Indians in Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Thursday 30th December. [India News]: New Delhi, Dec 28 : Eight Indians, most of them tourists, were among the thousands of people killed in different parts of Sri Lanka in Sunday's devastating tsunami... 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

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

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