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2005-12-22 02:45:00

By Dean Yates LEUPUNG, Indonesia -- Abdul Malik usually sleeps late. With no job and a solitary goat his only asset, there is not much else to do in the Aceh town of Leupung where he lives in a wooden shelter for victims of the December 26 tsunami. Like hundreds of thousands of other survivors of the tsunami in Asia who lost everything in one of modern history's worst natural calamities, the former handphone seller is desperate for work or a small business loan to get back on his feet. To...

2005-12-20 22:24:39

By Y.P. Rajesh NAGAPATTINAM, India (Reuters) - It's the most unlikely setting for hope -- a dingy shack filled haphazardly with pots and pans, surrounded by puddles of filthy water, overflowing drains and rain-soaked furniture. Its resident, Geetha, a fisherwoman living in a camp for tsunami survivors in southern India, is five months pregnant. She is the first survivor to conceive after undergoing surgery to reverse her sterilization in the hope of having children, after daughters...

2005-12-20 09:26:43

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. relief groups have spent about 42 percent of the $1.78 billion raised from private donations to aid victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, according to a report released on Tuesday. InterAction, an umbrella group representing 165 U.S.-based aid organizations, said spending levels in the nine months following the December 26 tsunami reflected the fact that many projects were only in the first year of multiyear commitments. "The recovery effort is one that's...

2005-12-18 23:25:49

By Emma Batha LONDON (Reuters) - As the world marks the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, millions of people who dug into their pockets in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity will be wondering how their money has been spent. Some may be surprised to discover that 12 months on the vast majority of the 1.8 million people who lost their homes in the December 26 disaster are still in temporary accommodation. But if the pace of reconstruction has been disappointing,...

2005-12-19 00:00:00

By Emma Batha LONDON -- As the world marks the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, millions of people who dug into their pockets in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity will be wondering how their money has been spent. Some may be surprised to discover that 12 months on the vast majority of the 1.8 million people who lost their homes in the December 26 disaster are still in temporary accommodation. But if the pace of reconstruction has been disappointing, the initial relief...

2005-12-14 22:29:36

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George Bush will be appointed special U.N. envoy for Pakistan earthquake relief during a visit to the United Nations on Thursday, U.N. officials said. Bush, the father of the current president, had been working with former President Bill Clinton to raise money for victims of last December's Asian tsunami and the U.S. Gulf hurricane disaster. Clinton, a Democrat who defeated Republican Bush in the 1992 presidential election, is the...

2005-12-14 14:35:17

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will move its center for identifying victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami to Bangkok from the wave-hit island of Phuket this week and work to identify 805 unidentified bodies over the next year, police said on Wednesday. Most of the international teams involved in what has been called the world's biggest forensics investigation are due to leave Thailand after helping to identify 2,945 bodies since the December 26 disaster. Thai teams would take over the...

2005-12-12 22:09:22

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A tsunami could endanger a million or more people along California's coast and cripple Pacific ports, according to a report released on Monday that highlights weaknesses in U.S. preparations for a killer wave. The study by the California Seismic Safety Commission found flaws in the tsunami warning system, incomplete and underfunded local evacuation plans and building codes that have not been updated to protect occupants from the power of tidal surge. Over 80...

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2005-12-12 07:20:00

LOS ANGELES -- Tsunami waves generated by a large offshore earthquake would threaten at least 1 million coastal residents in California and inundate the nation's largest port complex, according to a new report. The bleak study being released Monday found gaps in the state's readiness to handle a tsunami, including flaws in the existing warning system, lack of evacuation plans by coastal communities, and building codes that don't take into account tsunami-strength surges. In addition, many...

2005-12-07 17:20:00

While the rupture zones of recent major earthquakes are immune to similar-sized earthquakes for hundreds of years, they could be vulnerable to even bigger destructive temblors sooner than scientists suspect, according to analysis by University of Colorado seismologist Roger Bilham. Bilham and his research colleagues explained that the magnitude 9.3 Indian Ocean earthquake of December 2004 showed scientists that a giant earthquake can rupture through a region with a recent history of quakes...


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