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Death toll to 94,000, millions of survivors await aid JAKARTA - Indonesia said on Monday that its death toll from last week's massive earthquake, that triggered powerful tsunamis, has reached 94,081, which brings the death toll in all 11 affected countries in the Indian Ocean basin to at least 137,321. On Monday, the Health Ministry announced that Indonesia's death toll had increased by nearly 14,000 people to 94,081 and that 271,908 people had been displaced made homeless.
Officials also predicted that India and Sri Lanka’s death tolls would rise by several thousand, as rescuers started loosing hope for finding more survivors. Several agencies, however, expect tsunami’s death toll to hit 150,000. A week after massive tsunamis hit Asia and some parts of Africa, a Sumatran fisherman, Tengku Sofyan, 24, was found alive on the beach under his boat — the first survivor to be found in three days.
Tens of thousands of people, inhabitants of villages and islands laying on the Indian Ocean, are still missing, as rescue teams have turned their attention to delivering aid, mainly food and water, to millions of people. Also Sunday, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced that his country was planning to work with its neighbors to build an early warning system similar to that in the Pacific Ocean, to prevent similar catastrophes from happening.
Immediately after founding him alive, Sofyan was escorted to a hospital in Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra, one of the worst tsunami-hit areas, where nearly 100,000 people were confirmed dead. Rescuers focused their efforts on Sumatra, as U.S. military helicopters dropped packets of biscuits, energy drinks and instant noodles.
Reporters were able to have a look some of the villages that were wiped out by the tidal waves; including Malacca, on the Indian island of Car Nicobar, with the statue of independence leader Mahatma Gandhi the only structure that has survived the disaster. Nearly 4,000 people are missing on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Indian territory off the coast of Malaysia.

Tsunami survivors still await aid

At least 1.8 million survivors are in desperate need of food, the United Nations said on Sunday, adding that the world's response to this calamity, by sending money and resources, gave grounds for hope as skin diseases, dehydration, and hunger threatened to add thousands more to the disaster death toll.
Heavy rains in Indonesia's northern Aceh province and floods in Sri Lanka have added to the survivors misery, and made it much more difficult for aid workers to deliver relief. Hundreds of flights, carrying medicines, food and shelter, started arriving in South Asian airports on Saturday. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan described the relief operation as the biggest the United Nations had ever faced, noting that the reconstruction process in the devastated countries would probably take up to 10 years.
Relief workers said they faced grave difficulty in trying to reach out to remote parts of Aceh on Sumatra island, where roads and airstrips have been washed away. However, the weather relented Monday with generally clear skies. Hundreds of aid workers from all over the world were pouring into Aceh in a race to prevent the outbreak of deadly diseases.


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Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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