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2006-04-02 06:00:08

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake struck off the western Indonesian island of Simeulue on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, an Indonesian official said. The epicenter of the 5.4 magnitude earthquake lay 22 km south of Simeulue island in Aceh province and at a depth of around 33 km (20 miles), a Meteorology and Geophysics Agency official in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, told Reuters. Simeulue lies west of Sumatra, one of Indonesia's...

2006-02-08 05:54:43

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will miss a deadline to move tens of thousands of people made homeless by the 2004 tsunami into temporary houses because of problems obtaining timber, a senior government official said on Wednesday. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who heads the government's Aceh reconstruction agency, said up to 67,000 people living in tents would have to wait until June, two months behind a self-imposed deadline to provide temporary homes. "We have to change our plan to move...

2006-02-02 04:05:24

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia, which suffered the most from the Indian Ocean tsunami, dismissed on Thursday a report that accused several governments of failing to meet human rights standards in relief efforts. ActionAid International, the Habitat International Coalition and the People's Movement for Human Rights Learning charged on Wednesday that while the tsunami aid campaign had many successes, it failed to ensure the rights of many of those affected to food,...

2006-01-27 23:45:21

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck in the Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia early on Saturday, but there were no reports of casualties or major damage, and local fears of a tsunami proved unfounded. A tsunami caused by an Indian ocean quake in December 2004 devastated Indonesia's Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra, leaving some 170,000 people dead or missing. Saturday's quake struck on the other side of the country at 1.58 a.m. local time (1658 GMT Friday) with a...

2005-12-31 06:17:10

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Transport problems have delayed until early next week the withdrawal of Indonesia's last police reinforcements from Aceh province, the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of soldiers and police under a landmark peace deal, police said. The contingent, which had been due to leave on Saturday, was likely to leave on Monday because of problems getting a vessel to ship them home. The peace agreement was spurred by the devastation of the Indian Ocean tsunami...

2005-12-29 01:06:08

LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's military pulled the last of its troop reinforcements from Aceh province on Thursday, fulfilling one of the major conditions of a landmark peace agreement with separatist rebels. The withdrawal of 2,500 soldiers on Thursday comes after the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) disbanded its military wing this week. The Finnish-mediated pact ended one of Asia's longest running wars. It was signed in August after talks between the two sides accelerated...

2005-12-25 21:45:29

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Countries around the Indian Ocean hold ceremonies on Monday to remember the many thousands who died in last year's tsunami, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history. A year on, a huge reconstruction operation has brought hope but the pain of losing loved ones is still raw, some survivors say. The affected nations will mark the event with mass prayers, moments of silence and visits to the graves of the dead. In one of the...

2005-12-24 17:32:58

By Darren Schuettler PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Tsunami survivors and relatives of the dead laid wreaths and prayed on the Thai island of Phuket on Saturday as they began marking the first anniversary of the disaster. About 150 Norwegians gathered for a garden church service near Kata Beach to honor the 84 nationals who died when the tsunami struck Thailand's Andaman Sea coastline last year, killing 5,395. "Thailand is a warm country, sunshine, palm trees. But for some people it...

2005-12-24 09:49:19

By Darren Schuettler PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Tsunami survivors and relatives of the dead laid wreaths and prayed on the Thai island of Phuket on Saturday as they began marking the first anniversary of the disaster. About 150 Norwegians gathered for a garden church service near Kata Beach to honor the 84 nationals who died when the tsunami struck Thailand's Andaman Sea coastline last year, killing 5,395. "Thailand is a warm country, sunshine, palm trees. But for some people it...

2005-12-13 19:38:29

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Only one-fifth of the 1.8 million people made homeless by last December's tsunami will be in permanent homes by the end of this year, British-based aid group Oxfam International said on Wednesday. In the three worst-affected countries -- Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India -- the total need was for 308,000 homes, the equivalent of rehousing the entire population of Philadelphia, Oxfam said in a report ahead of the anniversary of the December 26 catastrophe. At least...


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