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Immigration office detains 283 foreigners in Medan The Immigration officers have taken into custody at least 283 foreign people in Medan Immigration Detention House in Belawan town because they did not possess official legal documents or passports.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2014 20:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


212 illegal immigrants stay in house detention in Medan The 17 illegal immigrants from Palestine, who were arrested by officers, have increased the total occupants of the immigrant detention house of Medan in Belawan, North Sumatra, to 212 people in March 2014.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 18:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tougher immigration policy against illegal asylum seekers The Australian government has put into effect a stricter immigration policy to prevent more asylum seekers from entering the country illegally, according to Australian ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2013 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 100 illegal immigrants nabbed in Cianjur Police detained more than 100 illegal immigrant in Cianjur, West Java , on the highway leading to southern coast of Java on Thursday. Police detective Adj Comr. Gito of the Cianjur police said the first group of 80 illegal immigrants from Maynmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan were stopped in the Cianjur-Bandung highway.

Posted in Crime @ 13 June 2013 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Air Force detains US military aircraft in Aceh The Indonesian Air Force temporarily detained US military aircraft at Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport here on Monday because it had no permit to fly over Indonesia`s air corridors.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 May 2013 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistani sentenced to six years for smuggling people The district court in Pandeglang, Banten, sentenced a Pakistani national to six years in jail on Tuesday for trying to smuggle people to Australia. The court also ordered the Pakistani, Saadhat Ali (49), to pay a fine of Rp500 million or spend two more months in jail.

Posted in Crime @ 07 May 2013 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampang police detain 76 Rohingya refugees Sampang police detained 76 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Tanglok seaport, Madura Island, East Java Province, on Saturday evening. "The arrest happened last night and right now they are in the Pamekasan immigration office," Sampang Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Solehan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 April 2013 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Asylum seekers in Medan wish to be sent to Australia Asylum seekers including the Rohingyas from Myanmar now being accommodated in Medan, North Sumatra, have asked for their dispatch to Australia or New Zealand.One of the Rohingya refugees, M Habib (32), said here on Tuesday that he did not care where he would be taken to as the most important thing was leaving the present temporary shelter.

"For us the important thing is leaving the present shelter," he said. He said it would all be up to the UNHCR that has so far taken care of them. He said the Rohingyas were not interested in money but clear status and countries that are willing to assure their security.

Habib said they have so far been declared as refugees but no country has been willing to accept them after leaving conflict in their home country. "It is impossible to return to Myanmar as his mother, brothers and sisters and other families have all left following the clash. Relatives have also died," he said.

Tens of Rohingyas recently visited the UNHCR office on Jalan Babura Lama in Medan to demand for their immediate dispatch to Australia or other countries.

Another Rohingya refugee, Zaid Husein (28) said he could not stop wondering why the UNHCR office in Medan did not care about the Myanmarese refugees living in the shelter on Pasar II, Jaln Jamin Gintin, numbering in the hundred who have been living there for four years.

Refugees from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Iran who have stayed in the shelter for more than a year meanwhile have all asked to be sent to Australia and New Zealand. "The UNHCR`s inaction was regrettable as the Rohingyas have long been staying in Medan and hoping to be sent to a foreign country," Husein said.

Posted in General @ 09 April 2013 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


120 Sri Lankan immigrants refuse to return to their country Some 120 Sri Lankan immigrants stranded in the waters off the west coast of Sumatra island have refused to return to their social conflict-, civil war-affected homeland, a spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boat carrying Sri Lankan immigrants stranded in Mukomuko A boat with 120 Sri Lankan immigrants on board was stranded at sea around four kilometers off Air Rami Sub District, Mukomuko, Bengkulu Province, on Thursday. The boat ran out of fuel while sailing toward Australia, Jhoni Adi, the secretary of the Air Rami rural administration, said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal immigrants nabbed in West Sumatra A joint team of military and police officers have caught 93 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka attempting to go to Australia.

Posted in Crime @ 01 September 2012 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNHCR: asylum seekers continue to increase in Indonesia The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the number of political asylum seekers in Indonesia continued to increase in the past five years due to prolonged conflicts in their country.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30 illegal immigrants sent to Tanjungpinang Cilegon immigration authorities are moving 30 illegal immigrants to immigration detention centers on Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2012 14:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami alert issued after 8.5 magnitude Sumatra quake A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 April 2012 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


300 Indonesians on death row abroad for drug offences Almost 300 Indonesians are facing the death penalty abroad for involvement in narcotic drug cases, according to National Narcotic Agency (BNN) chief Gories Mere. "Until now, 284 Indonesians have been sentenced to death abroad in connection with narcotic cases," he said at a year-end press conference here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 December 2011 05:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police: Sunda Strait prone to piracy The Sunda Strait, a waterway separating Java island from Sumatra island, is prone to piracy, police said. Therefore, the Banten police would also pay attention to the security of vessels passing through or crossing the strait from Java to Sumatra or vice versa, Banten Regional Police Chief Brig Gen Eko Haid S said.

Posted in Crime @ 06 December 2011 10:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sends troops to free hostages from Somali pirates Indonesia's National Defense Forces (TNI) on Friday announced that it had deployed troops to rescue the 20 nationals that were captured by Somali pirates last month.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Somali pirates hijack South Korean tanker with 21 crew members Somali pirates on Saturday hijacked a Norwegian-owned but South Korean-operated chemical tanker in the waters of the Indian Ocean, the European Union Naval Force - Somalia confirmed.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2011 01:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tough laws needed to curb people-smuggling Indonesia has become a key transit point for illegal migrants in the region, but efforts to curb people-smuggling are being hampered by a dearth of stringent laws to punish offenders, officials say. Eko Daniyanto, head of the people-smuggling unit for the Indonesian national police, said international people-smuggling syndicates had operated in Indonesia since 2005.

Posted in Human rights @ 19 November 2009 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali restaurants make Miele's top 10 Asian list Bali's Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique and KuDeTa have been voted among the Top 10 Restaurant in Asia in the 2009 edition of the Miele Guide. At an award ceremony held in Singapore on September 30, 2009, Mozaic Restaurant was ranked #6 and KuDeTa #9 among the 10 dining venues considered the very best in Asia by Miele.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian coral reefs predict large quake within 20 years Researchers reported Thursday that a study of reefs in Indonesia found that corals record cyclical events in the environment, and that these events could foretell a considerable earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean within the next twenty years. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology's Tectonics Observatory studied corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, and found them to include annual growth rings, similar to those in tree trunks, which document cyclical events such as earthquakes.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 December 2008 04:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second tsunami-detection system to launch in Indian Ocean A second tsunami-detection system for the Indian Ocean will launch from Jakarta, Indonesia, September 19, part of the $1 billion U.S. recovery, restoration and technical contribution to the region after the 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated the area in 2004.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 September 2007 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


People smuggler arrested in Indonesia The Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, says that an alleged key people smuggler to Australia has been arrested in Indonesia. Abraham Lauhenapessy, which is also known as Captain Bram, is suspected of smuggling at least 83 Sri Lankans to Australia. All of them are currently detained on Nauru. The Australian authorities have been searching for this person for years according to Downer.

Posted in General @ 15 June 2007 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will accept 83 Sri Lanka refugees Indonesia announced it would take in the 83 Sri Lankan asylu seekers. But only on the condition that they would be deported to their homeland as soon as possible. "We are ready to receive them, to receive 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to Indonesia, with the understanding that this is only for transit," Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said earlier today.

Posted in General @ 02 March 2007 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian nations remember the 230,000 killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into Asian coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car Tuesday as part of an early warning drill. Elsewhere across the tsunami disaster-zone, survivors and other mourners will visit mass graves, light candles along beaches, and listen to temple bells chiming to mark the moment the 2004 waves hit.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2006 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another tsunami could hit Indonesia, experts say Another big tsunami could hit Sumatra within the next few decades, flooding densely populated regions south of where a giant wave hit in December 2004, U.S. and Indonesian researchers predicted on Tuesday. The same big geologic fault, called a megathrust, that caused the 2004 tsunami continues to run parallel to the southeast, along the Indian Ocean coast of Sumatra, with the potential to a affect areas to the south, the team at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California and elsewhere reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 December 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Sri Lanka: 'Weapons for Tigers coming through Indonesia' Sri Lanka has informed the Indonesian authorities of its suspicions that weapons supplied for the Tamil Tigers are being sent illegally through Indonesia. An Indonesian Cabinet Minister told media, “We don't need to get upset. It's only an accusation and they (Sri Lanka) ask us (to cooperate).”

Posted in General @ 29 October 2006 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


107 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants arrested in Bogor Indonesian officials Saturday said they have arrested more than 100 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka in the latest crackdown on human trafficking. A total of 107 Sri Lankan men were detained when immigration officials raided two houses Thursday in the resort town of Cisarua, said Muhammad Indra, a director with Indonesia's immigration department.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java shaken by quake; 115 deaths reported A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook central Java in Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. At least 115 people died, Agence Press-France reported. The quake, centered about 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of Yogyakarta, struck at 5:54 a.m. local time, USGS said. Many houses and buildings collapsed and the tremors were felt in nearby cities as well on the north coast of the island, Agence France-Presse said. No tsunami has been reported from the quake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Is affordable, clean water for all just a dream? The number of Indonesian urban poor without access to running water, an estimated 50 million people, exceeds the combined populations of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Nearly half of all people currently living in Jakarta, the fourth most populous city in the world, lack a piped water connection; this number of unconnected is greater than the urban population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami aid and building civil society in Aceh Donors often say that the major obstacle in the post-tsunami relief and reconstruction work is poor co-ordination of the organizations involved. This may be true, but the observation does not help much unless we discuss why.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mourners reflect on the year since tsunami Mourners returned to battered shorelines Monday to mark one year since the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore in a dozen countries, laying waste to coastal communities and sweeping away at least 216,000 lives. Under a clear sky and before a gentle sea, survivors, friends and relatives of those who died and world leaders commemorated those lost in one of the worst natural disasters the modern world has experienced.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2005 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Homeless adrift a year after Boxing Day tsunami Billions of dollars have been pledged and thousands of new homes built but the city of Banda Aceh is still a scene of devastation after the Boxing Day tsunami of last year. Tens of thousands are surviving in shanty towns of scrap wood and metal churned up by the terrifying force of the sea. There are 67,500 still living in tents. More than 200,000 survivors are thought to be staying with friends or relatives. Along the coast, towns and villages are nothing more than swampland and rubble. Survivors are jammed together in windowless plywood barracks hurriedly built by the army.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake shook earth's entire surface The great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake that generated the devastating tsunami in December was so powerful that the ground shook everywhere on the Earth's surface and weeks later the planet still trembled.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 May 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian-African summit opens in Indonesia The summit of Asian and African leaders, which will adopt a strategic partnership declaration that will be aimed at strengthening cooperation among countries of the two continents, began in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deadly ground Alinda-Jane Hannah, a New Zealander living in Phuket, was nearly killed by the Dec. 26 tsunami. Driving along a road in the beachside town of Kamala, she and her 3-year-old daughter Nakita-Rose were almost washed away by the waves as they swamped the eastern coast of the island. A sharp intimation of mortality revisited Hannah last week when a loudspeaker in a nearby mosque woke her shortly before midnight, warning of another tsunami on the way. Hannah fled to higher ground, together with tens of thousands of other locals and tourists. Now, she says, after three months of trying to forget the terror of Dec. 26, "all the awful thoughts are back."

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 April 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake toll up to 2000, says Indonesia A massive earthquake is believed to have killed between 1000 and 2000 people on Indonesia's Nias island, the country's Vice President Jusuf Kalla said today. Already reeling from fatalities caused by the Boxing Day tsunami disaster, the 600,000-strong popular surfing island found itself near the epicentre of the 8.7-magnitude quake, which struck at 11.15pm local time (2.15am today AEST).

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Heavy damage on Nias island A major earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island late Monday, damaging hundreds of buildings and sending residents fleeing in panic. Officials issued a tsunami warning for as far away as Sri Lanka. The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor, which occurred at 11:09 p.m. local time (11:09 a.m. EST), measured a magnitude of 8.2. A later reading put the magnitude at 8.7, said Paul Earle, a USGS research geophysicist.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 March 2005 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises tsunami toll again The number of people presumed dead in last month's Asian tsunamis rose to more than 286 000 on Monday, with Indonesian authorities announcing a further increase in the number of dead and missing. Indonesia was hardest-hit by the December 26 quake and tsunamis, with a total of 232 945 people listed as dead or missing, the health ministry said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banda Aceh battles raging fire A lack of water is preventing firefighters in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated city of Banda Aceh from getting close to a raging blaze. Firefighters say the fire, spanning at least three kilometers (1.5 miles), was possibly caused by residents burning garbage. The Associated Press reports that while no one was living in the area, about 100 former residents were in the vicinity trying to salvage belongings and looking for missing loved ones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to dispel aid corruption charges Indonesia on Tuesday moved to dispel charges that corrupt officials were siphoning off aid earmarked for tsunami-battered Aceh province, as Southeast Asian nations sought to lure back foreign tourists scared off by the disaster. Indonesia’s Health Ministry, meanwhile, significantly changed the way it tallies deaths due to last month’s waves, saying it would only count victims who have been buried and that the missing would retain that status for a full year.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakrie: Indonesia needs up to 110 bln euro for infrastructure Indonesia may need to spend as much as 110 billion euro on roads, power plants and other infrastructure in the next five years, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Aburizal Bakrie said today in Jakarta. The forecast for infrastructure spending excludes an estimated 36 trillion rupiah (3 billion euro) that's needed to rebuild parts of Aceh province devastated by last month's earthquake and tsunami, Bakrie said in a statement. The figure includes 17 billion euro of infrastructure projects that the government will offer during a two-day conference starting today in Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia scraps foreign troop pull-out deadline Foreign forces including the US Navy can continue tsunami relief operations in Indonesia beyond a March 26 deadline, the government said as the disaster's overall death toll topped 168,000. In Thailand the leaders of Canada, Sweden, Norway and Finland, which all lost citizens in the tragedy, were discussing reconstruction and efforts to identify the dead, while non-governmental organisations said 2,500 Myanmese migrant workers may have died in one province alone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wary over debt freeze Tsunami-hit Indonesia was considering an offer of a debt repayment freeze from the Paris Club of donor nations, but was concerned the aid could damage its economy, foreign minister Hasan Wirayuda said yesterday. The Asian Development Bank said yesterday the disaster could throw nearly 2 million people into poverty, but most of the stricken nations would suffer limited economic damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends restrictions in Aceh Indonesia said on Thursday restrictions on aid workers in Aceh were for their own safety in a province troubled by a decades-old insurgency, and voiced readiness to sit down with the rebels to seek a cease-fire. As aid agencies and Indonesian government officials put the limitations into effect, palpable signs emerged that the devastated region was beginning to pull itself together after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaria threat emerges in tsunami stricken region Health officials geared up to go door to door with mosquito-killing spray guns Friday to head off a looming threat that one expert says could kill 100,000 more people around the tsunami disaster zone: malaria. Relief workers, meanwhile, warned that new rules requiring them to travel with armed escorts in Indonesia's devastated Aceh province could cause bottlenecks in aid delivery and harm their reputation for independence.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll to 94,000, millions of survivors await aid 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.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives up counting its dead Indonesia has given up on trying to count the exact number of dead from Sunday's Indian Ocean tsunami so it can get on with the task of burying tens of thousands of disaster victims whose corpses lay rotting on the devastated island of Sumatra. As the sun set on Asia for the last time this year, millions were homeless, many of them with no clean water to drink and little or no food.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Multinational armada steams toward wave-ravaged shores A U.S. carrier battle group was steaming to take up position Friday off Indonesia's Sumatra island to spearhead an unprecedented multinational military effort to assist the survivors of last weekend's quake and tsunamis. A second U.S. marine strike group was meanwhile steaming westward from the Pacific territory of Guam for the seas off Sri Lanka to buttress the burgeoning global drive to bring water, medical supplies to millions of increasingly desperate people.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake toll spirals to 45,268 The death toll from Sunday's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 45,268, according to a health ministry spokesman here Wednesday. The spokesman said the added number was due to the previously unaccounted-for district around Banda Aceh, the hardest hit coastline area on the northwestern tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll hit's 26,000, 8 Americans dead The human toll from the earthquake-spawned tsunamis that swamped an epic swath of South Asia climbed to 26,000 dead yesterday, and with tens of thousands still missing is bound to soar even higher. At least eight Americans were killed and hundreds of other Yanks remain unaccounted for in the region, the State Department said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fears five-fold rise in death toll It now seems clear that nearly 27,000 people have died in the tsunami waves that hit coastlines in South and South East Asia on Sunday morning. The tsunami waves were triggered off by a massive earthquake off the coast of Indonesia. Nearly 7000 people have died in India alone. Officials say the quake measured higher than they had first estimated at a huge 9 on the Richter Scale.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Death came from the sea' 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.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush and other leaders quick to offer condolences and aid From President Bush to Pope John Paul II, the world's political and spiritual leaders urged support on Sunday for victims of the giant waves in Asia as relief agencies and governments girded to offer technical help and aid. The United States said assistance was already on its way to some of the most stricken areas. The speed and scale of the disaster - with thousands dead - left some relief specialists struggling to keep pace with events. "The needs are enormous," said Louis Michel, a senior official of the European Union, which offered $4 million in emergency funds.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia quake death toll tops 14,000 As dawn broke Monday across the Bay of Bengal, countries struck by tsunamis in the wake of the most powerful earthquake the planet has seen in 40 years focused on relief and rescue efforts, and said the death toll from the giant waves -- already more than 14,000 -- is expected to rise further. The tsunamis also left thousands injured, thousands missing and hundreds of thousands homeless in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands killed in massive tsunami Legions of rescuers spread across Asia today after an earthquake of epic power struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean, unleashing 20-foot tidal waves that ravaged coasts across thousands of miles and killed more than 13,340 people and left millions homeless in the fourth-largest temblor in a century. The death toll along the southern coast of Asia -- and as far west as Somalia, on the African coast, where nine people were reported lost -- steadily increased as authorities sorted out a far-flung disaster caused by Sunday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake, strongest in 40 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold vote despite delays The justice minister has threatened to arrest election officials, thousands of polling stations still don't have ballots and parts of Aceh province are too dangerous to hold a vote. Nonetheless Indonesia will hold parliamentary elections Monday for the second time since the fall of the longtime dictator Suharto in 1998 - though election officials acknowledge voting will be delayed for up to five days in the remote regions of Papua and West Irian Jaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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