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'Death came from the sea' ASIAN CITIES - Soldiers searched for bodies in treetops, families wept over the dead laid on beaches and rescuers scoured coral isles for missing tourists as Asia counted the cost today of a tsunami that killed more than 16,000 people. The devastating waves were unleashed by the world's biggest earthquake in 40 years which struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra early on Sunday. "Death came from the sea," said Satya Kumari, a construction worker living on the outskirts of the former French enclave of Pondicherry in India.
"The waves just kept chasing us. It swept away all our huts. What did we do to deserve this?" The wall of water up to 10 metres tall flattened houses, hurled fishing boats onto coastal roads, sent cars spinning through swirling waters into hotel lobbies and sucked sunbathers and fishermen off beaches and out to sea. At least 5,880 people died and many more are reported missing in Sri Lanka; more than 5,279 people were killed in southern India; at least 4,448 people were killed in Indonesia; more than 461 were killed and another 3,800 injured in southern Thailand; and 44 people were killed in Malaysia.
International aid agencies are rushing staff, equipment and money to the region, warning that bodies rotting in the water are already beginning to threaten the water supply. The United Nations's emergency relief coordinator, Jan Egeland, has told CNN that the tsunami "may be the worst national disaster in recent history because it is affecting so many heavily populated coastal areas ... so many vulnerable communities". Numerous aid agencies have launched appeals for emergency funding to help those affected, while Australia has committed an initial $10 million to help with the emergency response.
'We have never known a disaster like this' Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, on holiday in the UK, has declared a national disaster and appealed for donor aid. "We are not well equipped to deal with a disaster of this magnitude because we have never known a disaster like this," she said. Sri Lankan officials expect the death toll to rise as troops recover bodies dragged out to sea or smashed on beaches. Hundreds of thousands left homeless in Sri Lanka have taken shelter in temples and schools.
The southern coastal town of Galle, a major industrial hub famed for its historic fort, was submerged by a nine-metre wave. Wailing relatives scrambled over hundreds of bodies piled in a hospital in nearby Karapitiya. "We are struggling to cope. Bodies are still coming in," said Karapitiya Teaching Hospital administrator Dr HG Jayaratne. Soldiers in Indonesia have searched for bodies in treetops and in the wreckage of homes smashed by the tsunami, triggered by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Sumatra island. Volunteers laid bodies of children in rows under sarongs at makeshift morgues. Others were stacked in white fish crates. Wailing mothers clutched dead babies.

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Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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