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2006-08-27 20:40:00

By Simon Gardner PERALIYA, Sri Lanka -- In a small room up a rickety staircase in a tsunami-damaged building on Sri Lanka's south coast, Roshan Waduthantri sits glued to an earthquake warning Web site and monitors cable TV channels. "Look, there has been a quake in the Scotia Sea," he said, monitoring U.S. Geological Survey Web site www.usgs.gov. "We monitor all day and all night, and if there is a major earthquake, we tell the local community." More than 1- years have passed since a tsunami...

2006-08-17 17:38:33

By Natalie Armstrong TORONTO (Reuters) - Deep pockets are not so deep when it comes to the AIDS epidemic, Canadian researchers said on Thursday. They released a study showing that for every person who died in the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, about $35,336 was donated, while $3,333 was given for every person affected by the disaster. For Hurricane Katrina that struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in August 2005, $33.9 million was donated for every death and $44,286 for every affected...

2006-08-14 22:09:12

By Achmad Sukarsono BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Thousands of Achenese gathered on Tuesday around the provincial capital's black-domed mosque to mark the anniversary of a landmark truce and to urge Indonesia's government not to water down the pact. Truck driver Rasyidin drove 11 hours with 35 of his neighbors from a northern Aceh village to join the rally. "If I do not like the peace I have enjoyed in the past year, I would not be here," the 40-year old said. "I hope it stays...

2006-08-09 01:17:12

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The brutal murder of 17 Sri Lankan aid workers last week highlights the difficulties faced by relief organizations around the world trying to balance helping people with politics. The massacre, which took place in the northeastern town of Mutur after days of fighting between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, was one of the bloodiest attacks on an aid group in history. "This will change how we operate, who we help and how we do it," said...

2006-08-07 19:24:04

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Tuesday, prompting local authorities to issue possible tsunami alerts to outlying islands. "We haven't had any impact (damage) at the moment, but we are getting into providing some alerts for a possible tsunami to some islands in the north," Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office director, Job Esau, told Reuters by telephone. The quake at 9:18 a.m. (2218 GMT August 7) was...

2006-07-29 20:20:47

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - A tsunami that killed more than 600 people on Java island less than two weeks ago will weigh on a group of global weather scientists when they meet in Indonesia this week to discuss a system aimed at reducing such deaths. The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System was formed after the December 26, 2004 tsunami that killed around 230,000 in a dozen Indian Ocean nations. With the tragedy...

2006-07-26 07:50:00

By Peter Apps ARUGAM BAY, Sri Lanka -- Sitting on a bed in a surf shack overlooking the Indian Ocean, 33-year-old rickshaw driver A.L. Salaheen watches the handful of surfers catch the morning waves. This year was supposed to be the best ever for Sri Lanka's surf capital of Arugam Bay. Four years after a ceasefire halted the island's civil war and more than a year since the 2004 tsunami, the town hoped it had bounced back. "Last year there were not enough cabanas because of the tsunami and...

2006-07-26 04:24:19

JAKARTA (Reuters) - More than half of an estimated 45,000 Indonesians who were displaced by last week's tsunami on the south coast of Java have returned home, officials said on Wednesday. Nine days after the disaster many of those who had fled to higher ground were back working on their fields or fishing in the ocean. Thousands of people took shelter in mosques or tents in the hills after the huge waves brought death and destruction to a 300-km (185-mile) stretch of Java's south...

2006-07-24 03:25:55

By Crack Palinggi PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian children returned to school on Monday in an area of Java devastated by a tsunami, the latest sign of a slow resumption of normal life after the killer waves struck a week ago. Elementary students in this fishing and beach resort, which suffered the brunt of the disaster, were encouraged to sing songs to relieve stress but also given a lesson on how to recognize a future tsunami. "Birds behave weirdly, suddenly the sea...

2006-07-23 03:06:14

By Crack Palinggi PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian Christians in tsunami-hit areas prayed in church on Sunday as life slowly limped back to normal six days after the disaster that killed nearly 700 people. In his service, Reverend Rudolf George Sorongan urged people to be strong after Monday's tsunami that displaced thousands of people along a 300-km (185-mile) stretch of the south coast of Java, Indonesia's most populous island. "We have to be resolute in facing this...


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