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2006-01-16 08:41:48

By Palash Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Foreign tourists could soon be boarding direct flights to India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands in a move officials hope will provide a major boost to communities hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Most visitors have so far been Indians keen to see the most far-flung outpost of their country, which borders Indonesia. Travel is expensive and time consuming, with a one-way flight from Delhi to the islands' capital, Port Blair, costing...

2006-01-05 19:17:12

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - The Congo conflict is the deadliest humanitarian crisis of the last 60 years but the world is still not doing enough to save lives, according to a survey on Friday. Its authors pleaded urgently for more aid and tougher security in the wake of a war estimated to have killed nearly four million people, mainly through hunger and disease. "Congo is the deadliest crisis anywhere in the world over the past 60 years," said Richard Brennan, health...

2006-01-05 07:42:13

SEATTLE -- In the year since a tsunami devastated much of coastal Southeast Asia, a Pacific Northwest aid group has digitally remapped some villages that were reduced to rubble fields in the Indonesian province of Aceh. Working with the University of Washington and the Pacific Disaster Center in Hawaii, Mercy Corps used Geographic Information Services (GIS) mapping technology to plot village survival rates, access to destroyed fish ponds and other effects of the disaster in hopes of...

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2005-12-26 15:37:37

ESA -- The deadly Indian Ocean tsunami that swept across coastlines on December 26, 2004 took the lives of more than 200,000 people. The sheer scale of the catastrophe meant that Earth Observation was vital both for damage assessment and for co-ordinating emergency activities. Through the year that followed, satellite-based maps from ESA's Respond consortium continued to support rebuilding efforts. Space-based assistance is being provided through Global Monitoring for...

2005-12-26 10:13:09

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Mourners from across the world wept, prayed and observed moments of silence along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines on Monday to remember those killed by one of nature's deadliest disasters. A year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, a huge recovery operation has brought hope to hundreds of thousands of survivors. But the sorrow, pain and trauma remain strong -- along with fears that monster waves could come again. "We think about the...

2005-12-26 10:10:00

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Mourners from across the world wept, prayed and observed moments of silence along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines on Monday to remember those killed by one of nature's deadliest disasters. A year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, a huge recovery operation has brought hope to hundreds of thousands of survivors. But the sorrow, pain and trauma remain strong -- along with fears that monster waves could come again. "We think about the lost lives,...

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2005-12-26 08:30:00

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- Beside gentle seas, survivors, friends and family remembered the fury of the Indian Ocean tsunami that swept away more than 200,000 people in 12 countries one year ago Monday and laid waste to entire communities in one of the worst natural disasters in memory. On Thailand's Patong beach, a man sat weeping in the sand before a gently lapping sea, a bouquet of white roses in front of him. He was among hundreds of Westerners survivors, relatives and friends of the dead...

2005-12-25 23:26:55

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Mourners across the world gathered on Monday along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines on Monday to remember more than 231,000 people who died in last year's tsunami. A year on, a huge reconstruction operation has brought hope to hundreds of thousands living in temporary shelters, but the sorrow and pain from one of nature's most ferocious episodes remains strong -- and fears that monster waves could come again. "We think about the...

2005-12-25 13:04:04

By Darren Schuettler PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Pigge Werkelin had to come back. Steve Fitzgerald wants to be as far away as possible. On the eve of the Asian tsunami's anniversary, the grief felt by many survivors or relatives was too strong for them to return for memorial events in Thailand, where 5,395 died on its beaches, including 2,092 foreigners. But others, although still haunted by the tragedy, say being here will help them to cope on Monday. "I think you need to come...

2005-12-25 03:44:58

By Ed Cropley KOH PHI PHI, Thailand (Reuters) - For 28-year-old Canadian nurse Sandra Hodge, Christmas was spent just like every other over day the last 10 months -- sweating away under a tropical sun cleaning up debris from the Indian Ocean tsunami. But on the eve of the disaster's first anniversary, Hodge, veteran of a foreign volunteer movement instrumental in rebuilding the Thai paradise isle of Phi Phi -- backdrop to cult backpacker movie "The Beach" -- finally has her eye on...


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