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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...

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2005-09-26 08:55:00

MEULABOH, Indonesia -- From atop the coconut tree where he fled to escape the onrushing water, Muhammad Yacob watched the tsunami turn his rice paddy into a briny, debris-strewn swamp. Nine months later, Yacob and his wife are harvesting their best-ever crop - despite fears that salt water had poisoned the land. "The sea water turned out to be a great fertilizer," said Yacob, 66, during a break from scything the green shoots and laying them in bunches on the stubble. "We are looking at...

2005-08-25 07:29:54

LEUPUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - The first post-tsunami infrastructure project in Indonesia's Aceh province got underway on Thursday with the awarding of an initial contract for a $245 million U.S.-funded coastal road. Large parts of the 240 km (150 miles) west coast road linking the provincial capital Banda Aceh and the city of Meulaboh were destroyed by the massive December 26 waves. As a result, aid agencies and foreign militaries involved in the emergency relief effort were forced...

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2005-08-19 08:35:00

UJUNG KARANG, Indonesia -- After a month scavenging planks from ruined villages in Indonesia's tsunami-hit Aceh province, former truck driver Muhari built a shack that he has turned into a coffee shop. Business in the 13-square-foot shop by the beach has been brisk. Muhari said he earns about 600,000 rupiah on weekdays and up to one million rupiah on weekends, an impressive sum by local standards. Little wonder that he is unhappy with government plans to relocate him. "I don't want to move...

2005-06-23 13:11:00

WASHINGTON -- The United States is discussing with other nations a joint venture to develop an early-warning system to detect tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. Some 280,000 lives were lost six months ago when the largest earthquake in the world in 40 years triggered a tsunami that brought death and devastation to Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, Maldives and Somalia. This week, the Agency for International Development begins spending $656 million approved by President Bush in May for...

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2004-12-29 09:50:00

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Cargo planes touched down with aid Wednesday, bearing everything from lentils to water purifiers to help survivors facing the threat of epidemic after this week's quake-tsunami catastrophe. The first Indonesian military teams reached the devastated west coast of Sumatra island, finding thousands of bodies and increasing the death toll across 12 nations to more than 80,000. The international Red Cross warned that the toll could eventually surpass 100,000. Town...