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DECEMBER 31, 2004 EST, USA
 
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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. Alternatively, send a check payable to "Lanka Academic Network" (and marked "Tsunami Victims") to: C/O Daya Weerakkody, LAcNet Treasurer, 9603 Avenel Road, Silver Spring, MD 20903-2311, USA. All donations are tax-deductible in the USA. LAcNet is a 501(c)(3) organization in the USA. Its US tax Id: 411-69-1170. We have collected over Thank you! Please do continue to send the donations, more donations the better.
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Devastated Sri Lanka welcomes New Year in hope of a better future
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 1, 2005, 12.27 p.m.. Many Sri Lankans greeted the New Year by lighting a candle/lamp in their homes as a mark of respect to the thousands of Sri Lankans and other foreign nationals, who were victim to the deadly tsunami waves, and earnestly hoping for a better and trouble free year 2005. Not a single cracker was heard in Colombo as the New Year dawned here just minutes back. There were absolutely no festive activities anywhere to be seen except for a very somber atmosphere in the country which were still coming to terms of Sunday’s devastation. Temples and other religious placed sounded the temple/church bells earnestly hoping for a better future for Sri Lanka.

All New Year’s Eve party’s and dinner dances including those at star class hotels in Colombo were cancelled as a mark of respect to the tsunami victims.
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Sri Lanka’s death toll passes 40,000, unconfirmed reports
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 1, 2005, 12.02 a.m.. Sri Lanka’s death toll surged passed an appalling 40,000 today evening, according to certain media reports. But officials at the Disaster Management centre today noted that the toll stood at 28,508 at 5 in the evening, but quickly noted that the statistics provided by them was only the deaths reported from Government controlled areas. But LTTE sources said that the number of deaths in LTTE controlled areas was 16,605. The LTTE peace Secretariat meanwhile said that still some 18,911 people from the North East was missing. Meanwhile, the social welfare Ministry in its latest statistics announced that 216,084 families are displaced, 76,100 houses fully damaged. The Ministry however added that these figures are tentative and are expected to rise.
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Like the Phoenix Sri Lanka will rise from the ashes
dailynews.lk, Saturday, 01 January 2005. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday appealed to the Nation to resolve their differences and join hands and rise together from the ashes. In making the appeal, in her address to the nation at the Adhistana pooja at the Henry Pedris Stadium held with the participation of religious dignitaries and political leaders in memory of all those who were killed in the tidal wave destruction on Sunday, the President posed the question: "Can we treat each other similarly if nature has treated all of us alike." More...
Published: Fri Dec 31 16:49:16 EST 2004 Back to the top

Toll tops 135,000; aid arriving
CNN, Friday, December 31, 2004 . BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (CNN) -- For the first time since tsunamis swept across the Indian Ocean region, killing an estimated 135,000 people, residents in some remote areas of Indonesia saw the arrival of aid workers Friday -- and welcomed them as heroes... Back to the top

Prayers as tsunami fuels rare unity in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, Fri, Dec 31, 2004. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's squabbling leaders displayed rare unity at an emotional candle-light vigil for the victims of the tsunami which has killed close to 30,000 people on the island while heavy rains slowed relief operations... Back to the top

LTTE agrees to cooperate with Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 31, 2004, 9.21 p.m.. The LTTE today agreed to extend their ‘fullest’ cooperate to the Government, following an invitation by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, where she called upon the LTTE to join the Government in its efforts to bring the country back to normalcy following the tsunami terror... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition joins rescue operations
xinhuanet.com, 2005-01-01 00:39:33. COLOMBO, Dec. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- The United National Party (UNP), Sri Lanka's opposition party, has decided to construct 5,000 new houses for those who lost their homes in the wake of the tsunami, the UNP official said Friday. UNP Deputy Secretary General Tissa Attanayake said his party has decided to launch this project on Jan... Back to the top

Lankan reconstruction would cost $1 billion
hindustantimes.com, Colombo, December 31, 2004. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that the government planned to begin the reconstruction process by January 15 with the help of all political parties and the Tamil Tigers, reports Xinhua... Back to the top

WB pledges $100m for Lanka tsunami victims
dailytimes.com.pk, Saturday, January 01, 2005 . COLOMBO: The World Bank on Friday said it was allocating 100 million dollars to Sri Lanka out of an immediate budget of 250 million dollars for nations devastated by the tsunamis... Back to the top

U.S. Tsunami Aid Skyrockets to $350M
Associated Press, Fri December 31, 2004 16:02 EST . CHRIS BRUMMITT - Associated Press Writer - .S. B-52 bombers during the Vietnam War, to rush supplies to the stricken resorts of southern Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, said Maj... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebel base left in ruins
nwsource.com, Friday, December 31, 2004 . MULLAITIVU, Sri Lanka -- This town is no stranger to carnage, always bouncing back from the damages suffered during its periodic turns on the front lines of Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war... Back to the top

Survivors cope as problems mount in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, Friday, Dec 31, 2004 . MADAMPA, Sri Lanka - When relief vehicles arrive, disaster-stricken residents of this hamlet at the edge of the sea scramble to the roadside and clamor for attention... Back to the top

Survivor of Sri Lankan train disaster tells his story
Associated Press, Fri December 31, 2004 16:58 EST . RAGAMA, Sri Lanka (AP) A survivor of the tsunami in Sri Lanka says his daughter told him not to worry about her, that she could swim... Back to the top

Remote areas of Sri Lanka yet to receive aid
abc.net.au, 01/01/2005, 13:12:37. In some areas of Sri Lanka 60 percent of some villages are reported dead... Back to the top

Civil war hampers aid for devastated Sri Lanka
cnn.com, Friday, December 31, 2004 . MULLAITIVU, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Tsunami survivors are struggling to cope in northern Sri Lanka, already ravaged by two decades of civil war... Back to the top

Ohioans gather food, water for tsunami victims
Associated Press, Fri December 31, 2004 15:03 EST . JOHN SEEWER - Associated Press Writer - The agency, which normally ships donated medical supplies to needy areas of the world, is working with a network of aid organizations to send the items to Sri Lanka - and Indonesia... Back to the top

Bad equipment, poor communications hamstrung efforts to warn of waves
Associated Press, Fri December 31, 2004 12:39 EST . MIKE CORDER - Associated Press Writer - Sri Lanka - 's president said Thursday that the leaders of a seven-member group of South Asian countries plan to discuss a disaster early warning system at their next summit... Back to the top

Sri Lanka holds day of mourning
BBC, Friday, 31 December, 2004, 11:04 GMT . White flags of mourning have been hoisted and the national flag taken to half-mast as Sri Lanka holds a day of commemoration for its tsunami dead... Back to the top

Sri Lankan reconstruction would cost $1 billion:
newkerala.com, Friday, 31st Dec 10:00GMT. [World News]: Colombo, Dec 31 : Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that the government planned to begin the reconstruction process by Jan 15 with the help of all political parties and the Tamil Tigers, reports Xinhua... Back to the top

President Kumaratunga briefs tsunami crisis to Colombo-based diplomats
tamilnet.com, December 31, 2004 16:44 GMT. President Kumaratunga Friday met Colombo based diplomats and members of the International Agencies to brief them on the crises faced by Sri Lanka in the aftermath of Sunday's disaster... Back to the top

Storms hamper Sri Lanka relief efforts
Yahoo, December 31, 2004 - 7:24PM. Thunderstorms and torrential rain brought yet more misery to the stricken island of Sri Lanka, hampering efforts to bring aid to those devastated by the tsunami disaster... Back to the top

Tsunami-Sri-Lanka-Children
Associated Press, Fri December 31, 2004 06:57 EST . - - BC-Tsunami-Sri-Lanka - -Children COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) - Grieving families of children who perished from tsunamis in Sri Lanka - are taking away orphans from the disaster without approval, a move denounced Friday by the government and an aid organization... Back to the top

Tsunami focus shifts to survivors
BBC, Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 13:24 GMT . "I need antibiotics, IV sets, surgical masks and syringes." Dr Shelen Pereira's neck muscles are taut as he shouts down a telephone line. I am at the Karapitiy hospital in Galle, the largest hospital in southern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Chandrika says war threat with LTTE recedes after tsunami:
newkerala.com, Friday 31st Dec 10:05GMT. World News]: COLOMBO, Dec 30 : Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said today that the threat of a war with Tamil Tigers was "remoter" after destruction of key rebel military bases by Sunday's tsunamis... Back to the top

Malaysian medical team in Sri Lanka
dailynews.lk, Saturday, 01 January 2005. The Malaysian High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka is coordinating the assessment visit by the Malaysian Medical Relief Society, MERCY to Sri Lanka for the Tsunami tidal wave tragedy... Back to the top

First U.N. relief trucks arrive in Tamil Tiger rebel areas
Associated Press, Fri December 31, 2004 02:03 EST . ART MAX - Associated Press Writer - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) A U... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

ADRA Distributes Medical Relief in Sri Lanka
alertnet.org, 31 Dec 2004 20:27:00 GMT. Silver Spring, Maryland— The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is distributing 30,000 pounds of medical and water purification supplies that were airlifted to Sri Lanka yesterday... Back to the top

Calm returns to coastal India, Sri Lanka after new tsunami warning
abc.net.au, 31/12/2004, 16:49:57. People living in coastal India and Sri Lanka have begun to return to low lying areas after an Indian tsunami warning sparked mass panic in both countries... Back to the top

Deep-rooted conflicts hamper aid effort
Associated Press, Fri December 31, 2004 05:03 EST . Political and ethnic strife in Indonesia and Sri Lanka -- two of the countries most devastated by Sunday's undersea earthquake -- is complicating efforts to get aid to regions that desperately need it... Back to the top

ADB to provide $325 mil. loan to 3 tsunami-hit countries
Associated Press, Fri December 31, 2004 04:50 EST . MANILA, Dec. 31 (Kyodo) The Asian Development Bank on Friday said it would provide loans of up to $325 million to help Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives recover from this week's Indian Ocean tsunami. ADB President Tadao Chino said the loans ''will be made immediately available'' to help finance priority reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the three countries... Back to the top

Sri Lanka denounces tsunami adoptions
nwsource.com, Friday, December 31, 2004 . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Grieving families of children who perished from tsunamis in Sri Lanka are taking away orphans from the disaster without approval, a move denounced Friday by the government and an aid organization... Back to the top

Tsunami won't stop Tamil struggle: LTTE
hindustantimes.com, December 31, 2004 16:47 IST. The Sri Lankan Tamil rebel group, the LTTE, has said that despite the nationwide tsunami tragedy, it will not give up its fight for the rights of the minority Tamils... 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

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

In a Corner of Sri Lanka, Devastation and Divisions
The New York Times, December 31, 2004. KALMUNAI, Sri Lanka, Dec. 30 - Abdul Hamid Ansar woke up before dawn Thursday, whispered prayers, gulped down a cup of steaming tea and resumed his surreal new existence: overseer of Sri Lanka's coast of death. Mr... 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

Survival tips save S.Lanka family in train deluge
alertnet.org, 31 Dec 2004 06:56:49 GMT. PARALIYA, Sri Lanka, Dec 31 (Reuters) - When the "Sea Queen" ground to an unscheduled stop in this tiny Sri Lankan coastal village, passengers packed inside the train's carriages thought a schoolboy had played a prank and pulled the emergency brake... Back to the top

Army aid in reconstructing Sri Lanka
expressindia.com, Friday , December 31, 2004. Pune, December 30: THE Southern Command of the Indian Army is moving a task force from Jodhpur to Sri Lanka... 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

At least seven Americans killed in Sri Lanka tsunami, 116 still missing
Yahoo, December 31, 2004. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka A senior official at the U-S Embassy in Sri Lanka says Sunday's tsunami killed seven Americans and left 116 still missing... 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

Govt dispatches 12-man relief team to Sri Lanka
Yahoo, Friday, December 31, 2004 5:57 PM . The Philippine government will send a 12-member delegation of doctors, nurses and sanitary engineers to Sri Lanka on Saturday, New Year’s Day, to help in the on-going relief efforts for tsunami victims... 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

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

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

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

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

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