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2005-12-06 06:01:30

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Nearly a year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, almost all of the aid recipients in villages hit by the waves are still living in temporary shelters or camps, according to a survey released on Tuesday. The nonprofit Fritz Institute, a San Francisco group that provides logistic expertise to relief organizations, surveyed a representative sample of 2,300 people in villages hit hard by the tsunami in India, Sri Lanka and the Northern Sumatra region of...

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2005-12-06 06:00:00

By Jane Sutton MIAMI -- Nearly a year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, almost all of the aid recipients in villages hit by the waves are still living in temporary shelters or camps, according to a survey released on Tuesday. The nonprofit Fritz Institute, a San Francisco group that provides logistic expertise to relief organizations, surveyed a representative sample of 2,300 people in villages hit hard by the tsunami in India, Sri Lanka and the Northern Sumatra region of Indonesia. In...

2005-12-02 11:26:22

The catastrophic tsunami that struck Indonesia and East Asia almost a year ago has done much to heighten the interest, research programs and preparations in the United States for events of this type, but experts say there are areas that need more attention and challenges yet to be met. Dec. 26 will mark the first anniversary of the tsunami that claimed the lives of about 275,000 people and struck with waves up to 100 feet high, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history. Since that...

2005-11-29 11:50:10

By Peter Apps KINNIYA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Unspent donations given to help victims of the Asian tsunami could be redirected to crises in Africa after rebuilding is complete, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, now a U.N. enoy, said on Tuesday. But visiting communities living amid the ruins of Sri Lanka's east coast ahead of tsunami's one year anniversary, Clinton -- said much still had to be done in areas swamped by the waves before any aid could be passed on. "There are still...

2005-11-25 02:51:29

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds of chickens have died of bird flu in Indonesia's Aceh in recent weeks, the first cases detected in the tsunami-hit province, an official said on Friday. Syamsul Bahri, director of Animal Health at the Agriculture Ministry, said the outbreak surfaced among backyard chickens in three areas largely spared from the December 26 tsunami that left 170,000 people dead or missing. There had been no suspected human cases in Aceh, he said. Indonesia has recorded...

2005-11-17 04:40:00

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has activated the first stage of a tsunami early warning system off the coast of Sumatra to prevent a repeat of last year's huge quake-triggered waves that left 170,000 people dead or missing, officials said on Thursday. Indonesian and German scientists installed two buoys and planted a pressure sensor on the seabottom off the coast of western Sumatra this week as part of a five-year plan to prepare the country's vulnerable coastlines for tsunamis, they said. "The buoys...

2005-11-04 07:54:20

By Simon Cameron-Moore MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Nearly a month after Pakistan's catastrophic earthquake, President Pervez Musharraf said he was postponing the purchase of F-16 warplanes from the United States to provide more relief to quake victims. Musharraf, visiting quake-hit regions on the Eid al-Fitr holiday on Friday, also said the world had not responded to the quake as generously as to last year's Asian tsunami because Western tourists weren't caught up in it. "I...

2005-10-28 18:59:36

WASHINGTON (AP) - Coastal villages set behind mangrove forests in southeast India suffered much less damage in the Asian tsunami than places without the protection of trees, a new study reports. The massive wave last December struck 11 countries, leaving more than 230,000 people dead or missing. Researchers led by Finn Danielsen of the Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology in Copenhagen, Denmark, studied tsunami damage along the coast in the Cuddalore District in the state of Tamil...

2005-10-21 07:35:55

By David Brunnstrom MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Alarm mounted across the world on Friday for hundreds of thousands of Pakistan earthquake survivors who have been awaiting help for two weeks and now face the prospect of a freezing winter without shelter. The top United Nations aid official, incensed by what he saw as a woefully inadequate international response to the most difficult relief operation the world has ever seen, called on NATO to stage a massive airlift to get...

2005-10-21 08:17:35

SHANGHAI, China -- Governments need to stop assuming that death and destruction from natural disasters are inevitable and work more closely with scientists on ways to minimize the damage, a leading scientific group said Thursday. Governments focus too much on response rather than prevention, while the number of known disasters has risen from about 100 per decade before 1940 to nearly 2,800 in the 1990s, the International Council for Science said in a report. "It's time to change the...


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  • Remarkable; prodigious.
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