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700 killed in a powerful Indonesia earthquake

 

12/26/2004 10:10:00 AM GMT

 

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An extremely powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia on Sunday, killing more than 700 people and unleashing tidal waves and flash floods across Asia that swamped coastal areas and displaced thousands.

 

About 300 were reported killed in Sri Lanka, 94 in Indonesia, 286 in India, 61 in Thailand and 7 in Malaysia. The death toll is expected to rise.

 

According to U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude-8.5 quake, struck in the Indian ocean southwest of Aceh province on Sumatra island at 8 a.m.

 

"The ground was shaking for a long time," resident Yayan Zamzani told the station. "It must be the strongest earthquake in the last 15 years."

 

Sri Lanka's eastern and southern coastline was one of the most areas affected by the earthquake, as rescuers they found 162 people so far killed by tidal waves that hit the villages.

 

Rescue workers said they found at least 150 bodies in the Muslim village of Muttur, and another 10 were found in the town of Trincomalee which went under several feet of sea water, M.D. Rodrigo, a Sri Lankan relief official said, adding that "the casualties could be higher".

 

According to Rodrigo, water level was going down leaving a massive trail of destruction. And a large number of people have went missing.

 

Meanwhile, Indian officials reported that two people were drowned after being swamped by a tidal wave in Agarpara in West Bengal state, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the capital city of Calcutta.

 

Other unconfirmed radio reports said that at least nine people were killed in Indonesia.

 

Waves up to five metres high hit the coast of Aceh forcing hundreds to escape their homes.

 

Also unconfirmed reports said that in Aceh, which is currently closed off to foreign media due to a long-running separatist conflict, several buildings including a Masjid and a hotel collapsed.

 

Indonesia residents in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, 1,000 miles northwest of Jakarta, and others in Lhokseumawe, about 125 miles to the southeast, told the radio station that large waves had hit coastal regions.

 

Also Bangladesh reported that a powerful earthquake hit the country.

 

"It was very scary when I saw the waves hitting the port," said R. Mohammed, who runs a transport business at the port. "We were ordered to out with our trucks," he said, adding that the port was temporarily closed.

 

According to a reporter from the private ElShinta radio, the earthquake resulted in substantial damage in provincial capital Banda Aceh, including the partial collapse of Kuala Tripa hotel as well as a number of shops and cracks on the road.

 

However, all the released reports differed on the exact location and size of the earthquake.

 

Jakarta's Meteorology and Geophysics Office put the quake at 6.8 saying it was centered in the Indian Ocean some 149 kilometer (92.38 miles) south of Meulaboh, a town on the western coast of Aceh.

 

First Lieutenant Suyitno of Aceh's southwestern Sigli district police said that water started to rise 30 minutes after the quake, adding that all the areas near the coast have been evacuated.

 

Suyitno said that the depth of the flood was around one meter, but he said that there were no report of casualties yet.

 

In the coastal town of Lhokseumawe, in North Aceh district, 216 kilometers (134 miles) east of Banda Aceh, same conditions were reported.

 

The state Antara news agency reported that several shops in the Beurawe area of Banda Aceh have collapsed and that rescuers were still searching for victims – probably construction workers who were present at the buildings when the earthquake occurred.

 

The quake also hit the North Sumatra province capital of Medan, sparking panic among people.

 

Indra Suwarta from the meteorology office in Medan said that there were no reports of any damage or casualties in Medan.

 

"Damage has been reported in Banda Aceh and also in Meulaboh, were electricity poles and bridges collapsed. But here has not been any report of casualties so far," Suwarta said.

 

The quake was also felt in Thai capital Bangkok, about 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) north of the epicenter, where buildings swayed, yet no serious damage or casualties were reported in those two countries.

 

Last month, 26 people were killed when a series of successive powerful earthquakes that hit Alor island in eastern Indonesia.

 

Indonesia, which consists of 17,000 islands, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the margins of tectonic plates that form the so-called the "Ring of Fire" around the Pacific Ocean basin.

 

Indonesia’s earthquake come three days after another 8.1 quake struck the ocean floor between Australia and Antarctica, shaking buildings, hundreds of miles away, yet causing no serious damage or casualties.

 

Earthquakes reaching a magnitude 8 are very rare.

 

AlJazeera

 

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:D

 

Ina lilahi wa ina elayhi raji'oun

 

Hope our members from these countries are ok.

 

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Wait no, I'm confused. Oh wait this is sunday isn't it.

 

Damn Global Warming, Corporations who pollute.

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asalaamu alaikum

 

 

Yes indeed Allah yistur there has been an earthquake all across SE asia killing thousands of people from indonesia to sri lanka .

 

Allahul musta'aan.

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Assalaamu Alaikum,

 

Having been to Indonesia 3 times I have a fondness towards this part of the world so it is sad to hear this news, but let this be a reminder to them and us that we may return to Allah Subahana Wa Ta'ala:

 

Multitude of earthquakes is a sign of the nearness of the Day of Judgement, Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) related from Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam): “The Hour will not happen until knowledge is taken out, time passes quickly, earthquakes increase in number, tribulations (fitan) appear, and al-Harj increases in number.� It was said, “What is al-Harj, O Messenger of Allah ?� He said, “Al Qatl, al Qatl (Killing).� [Musnad Ahmad]

 

“He has Power to send torment on you from above or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.� [soorah al-An'aam 6:65]

 

Abu'l-Shaykh al-Isbahaani narrated from Mujaahid concerning the Tafseer of this aayah: “Say: 'He has power to send torment on you from above�, (this means) al-Sayhah (the shout or tumult), stones and strong wind , “or from under your feet�, (means) earthquakes and being swallowed up by the earth. It is reported from Jabir Ibn Abd-Allah (radhi allahu anhu) that when this verse was revealed, the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “A'oodhu bi wajhika� - O Allah! I seek refuge in Your Face.� [saheeh al-Bukharee vol: 5, no: 193]

 

"For to Allah belong the Forces of the heavens and the earth.� [soorah al-Fath 48:7]

 

“Such is the Seizure of your Lord when He seizes the towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His Seizure is painful and severe.� [soorah Hud 11:102]

 

“So We punished each (of them) for his sins, of them were some on whom We sent Haasib (a violent wind with shower of stones) [as on the people of Loot (Lot)], and of them were some who were overtaken by As-Saihah [torment awful cry, (as Thamood or Shu'ayb's people)], and of them were some whom We caused the earth to swallow [as Qaaroon], and of them were some whom We drowned [as the people of Nooh, or Fir'aun and his people]. It was not Allah Who wronged them, but they wronged themselves.� [soorah Ankaboot 29:40]

 

The Messenger of Allah (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Verily, Allah has a sense of Ghayrah (honor, prestige and anger) and Allah’s sense of Ghayrah is provoked when a person does that which Allah has made prohibited.� [saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim]

 

“And We sent not the signs except to warn.� [soorah al-Isra 17:59]

 

“When We decide to destroy a town, We (first) send a definite order (to obey Allah and be righteous) to those among them who are given the good things of this life. Then, they transgress therein, and thus the word (of torment) is justified against (them). Then we destroy it with complete destruction.� [soorah al-Isra 17:16]

 

“Don’t they see that they are put in trial once or twice every year (with different kinds of calamities, disease, famine)? Yet, they turn not in repentance, nor do they learn a lesson.� [soorah at-Tawbah 9:126]

 

Narrated Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu): “Allah's Messenger (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “When... property given in trust is treated as spoil, Zakaat is looked on as a tax, learning is acquired for other than a religious purpose, a man obeys his wife and is unkind towards his mother, he brings his friend near and drives his father far off, voices are raised in the Masjids, the most wicked member of a tribe becomes its ruler, the most worthless member of a people becomes its leader, a man is honored through fear of the evil he may do, singing-girls and stringed instruments make their appearance, wines are drunk, and the last members of this people curse the first ones, look at that time for a violent wind, an earthquake, being swallowed up by the earth, metamorphosis, pelting rain, and signs following one another like bits of a necklace falling one after the other when its string is cut.� [at-Tirmidhee (5450)]

 

“Did We not destroy the ancients? So shall We make the later generations to follow them. Thus do We deal with the Mujrimoon (criminals, disbelievers, sinners).� [soorah al-Mursalat 77:16-19]

 

When will we take heed!!???

 

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,

 

Abu Suhaylah.

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"The world's fifth-largest quake in a century hit southern Asia on Sunday, unleashing a tsunami that crashed into Sri Lanka and India, drowning thousands and swamping tourist isles in Thailand and the Maldives.

 

A wall of water up to 30 feet high triggered by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake swept into Indonesia, over the coast of Sri Lanka and India and across southern Thai tourist islands, leaving up to 3,100 feared dead in seaside towns and villages"

 

 

This surely has to be a sign from Allah :D

 

“And how many a sign in the heavens and the earth they pass by, while they are averse therefrom� (Surah Yusuf verse 105)

 

“Mischeif/Discord has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds), that He (Allah) may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allah, and begging His Pardon)." (Surah Rum verse 41)

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Asian quake toll tops 3,000

Sunday, December 26, 2004 Posted: 1317 GMT (2117 HKT)

 

CNN) -- Massive tidal waves triggered by the largest earthquake to shake the planet in over 40 years have wiped out coastal areas across southeastern Asia as far as 1,000 miles away, killing nearly 3,000 people -- most of them in Sri Lanka and India.

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The initial quake, measuring 8.9 in magnitude, struck about 100 miles (160 km) off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island around 7 a.m. local time (0000 GMT), according to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center.

 

Colombo officials believe the death toll in Sri Lanka will rise over 2,000 after tidal waves devastated the country's eastern coast. So far, the confirmed death toll is over 1,500.

 

The government has declared a state of emergency, and President Chandrika Kumaratunga is returning from a trip to London.

 

In addition to the natural devastation, police in the southern districts of Galle and Matara are reporting widespread looting. Some 200 prisoners in Matara escaped after the massive tidal waves demolished their prison.

 

Officials in the eastern district of Batticaloa reported 1,032 fatalities. In the eastern Sri Lankan port city of Tricomalee, there were reports of 320 deaths. Further south in popular tourist resort of Galle, there were around 200 deaths, according to police and hospital sources.

 

Eyewitnesses in Tricomalee reported waves as high as 40 feet, hitting inland as far as half a mile.

 

India's Interior Minister Shivraj Patil said at least 1,000 Indians had been killed by the massive waves. A resident of Madras in Tamil Nadu district -- one of the hardest hit areas -- said he witnessed several people being swept away by a tidal wave there.

 

In southern Thailand, some 200 were killed on the island of Phiphi, between Thailand's coastal area and the resort island of Phuket, where at least 48 were killed, according to the deputy governor. One witness said Phuket's Laguna Beach resort area is "completely gone."

 

NEIC geophysicist Don Blakeman said there was also a report that an entire coastal village in Thailand was destroyed by a tsunami.

 

Over 450 people were killed in Indonesia by the quake and the following tidal waves -- many of them in Aceh, in northern Sumatra, about 100 miles from the quake's epicenter, according to local reports.

 

The earthquake is classified as "great" -- the strongest possible classification given by the NEIC.

 

Blakeman said all of the tsunamis were triggered by the initial quake, and not the nine aftershocks.

 

One major aftershock, measuring 7.3 in magnitude, struck about 200 miles (300 km) northwest of Banda Aceh -- on Sumatra's northernmost tip -- over four hours after the initial quake, according to the NEIC. The rest of the aftershocks measured under 6.1 in magnitude.

 

The NEIC expects the quake to produce hundreds of smaller aftershocks, under 4.6 magnitude, and thousands smaller than that.

 

"A quake of this size has some pretty serious effects," he said.

 

He explained the quake was the energy released from "a very large rupture in the earth's crust" over 600 miles (1,000 km) long.

 

It was the strongest earthquake to hit since March 1964, when a 9.2 quake struck near Alaska's Prince William Sound.

 

CNN Correspondents Aneesh Raman in Bangkok and Suhasini Haidar in New Delhi contributed to this report

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More than 7,000 killed in Asia devastating earthquake

 

12/26/2004 5:07:00 PM GMT

 

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An extremely powerful earthquake rocked South Asia on Sunday, unleashing tidal waves and flash floods across Asia that swamped coastal areas, killing more than 7,000 people and displacing thousands.

 

According to U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude-8.5 quake, struck in the Indian ocean southwest of Aceh province on Sumatra island at 8 a.m.

 

"The ground was shaking for a long time," resident Yayan Zamzani told the station. "It must be the strongest earthquake in the last 15 years."

 

Sri Lanka's eastern and southern coastline was one of the most areas affected by the earthquake, as rescuers they found about 3,000 people so far killed by tidal waves that hit the villages.

 

Also about 1,870 died in Indonesia, and 1,900 along the southern coasts of India.

 

So far 198 were confirmed dead in Thailand, 42 in Malaysia and 2 in Bangladesh.

 

....

 

Al Jazeera

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Asian Quake, Tsunami Death Toll Approaches 9,500

 

By Simon Gardner

 

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - One of the most powerful earthquakes in history hit southern Asia Sunday, unleashing a tsunami on Sri Lanka and India and swamping tourist isles in Thailand and the Maldives to kill almost 9,500 people.

 

The tsunami -- a menacing wall of water -- caused death, chaos and devastation across southern Asia. The tsunami, up to 30 feet high, was triggered by an 8.9 magnitude underwater earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

 

Emergency services were stretched throughout the region popular with Western tourists flying east for Christmas sunshine. Some areas were totally unprepared and the tourists found themselves flung into the jaws of disaster.

 

In Sri Lanka, where the death toll was nearly 2,500, corpses floated in floodwaters, while thousands fled their homes and cars floated out to sea. Idyllic beaches were turned into fields of debris and destruction.

 

"I think this is the worst-ever natural disaster in Sri Lanka," N.D. Hettiarachchi, director of the National Disaster Management Center, said.

 

The worst-hit area appeared to be the tourist region of the south and east where beach hotels were inundated or swept away.

 

In Indonesia, where 2,437 people were listed as killed, raging waters dragged villagers out to sea and tore children from their parents' arms.

 

Officials and local media said the death toll from the quake and water was nearly 9,500.

 

Wailing relatives gathered around bodies in the south of India, where the death toll was more than 1,870. Beaches were littered with submerged cars and wrecked boats. Shanties on the coast of Madras, where 100 died, were under water.

 

"The whole area has been turned into a cemetery," Chellappa, a 55-year-old fisherman in Madras, said.

 

"This is one of the largest earthquakes ever on record," Peter Rees, of the International Federation of the Red Cross in Geneva, told CNN television, adding: "The situation in Sri Lanka ... is extremely serious."

 

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These people nned our prays.

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May Allah (swt) forgive thier sins and help those who have been devastated and affected by this disaster........to Allah we shall all return......he knows best why these things happen......may Allah give strength and courage to those who have lost homes and families and may he guide them towards rightousness

 

AMEEN

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Assalamu alaikum

 

:D

 

May Allah relieve their suffering. Ameen.

 

Wa-alaikum Salam

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:D

 

Latest Fiqures show its 11,500 and rising.

 

May Allah have mercy on those who are suffering.

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This is just so awful !! I just read about it on the internet since I havent watched the news lately :D

 

 

 

 

Tsunamis kill thousands

 

News.com.au, Reuters and AAP

December 27, 2004

 

MORE than 13,750 people have been killed and tens of thousands left homeless after a massive undersea earthquake triggered giant tsunami waves across Asia.

 

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra yesterday was the biggest in 40 years.

 

It triggered waves that reared up into walls of water as high as 10 metres as they hit coastlines in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.

 

Reuters news agency says the death toll now stands at 12,300 while Agence France-Presse said 11,822 had died.

 

 

 

Regions

 

In Indonesia, one official said nearly 4500 people had died.

 

The worst affected area was Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, where 3000 were killed. More than 200 prisoners escaped from a jail when the tsunami knocked down its walls.

 

IN SRI LANKA, the death toll also reached 4500 and one million people, or five per cent of its population, were affected.

 

IN INDIA up to 2606 people have been reported dead and another 700 missing, after huge tidal waves hit popular swimming areas.

 

Worst hit was southeastern Tamil Nadu state where Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha said at least 1,705 had been killed by the wall of water that swamped villages, towns and cities, causing scenes of grief and mayhem.

 

Thai government officials said at least 392 bodies had been retrieved and they expected the final toll to approach 1000.

 

In the Maldives, where thousands of foreign visitors were holidaying in the beach paradise, damage appeared to be significantly more limited, according to initial reports.

 

IN MALAYSIA, at least 41 people have died while 10 are reported dead in Burma and two in Bangladesh.

 

No alert

 

In Los Angeles, the head of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said US officials who detected the undersea quake tried frantically to get a warning out about the tsunami.

 

But there was no official alert system in the region, said Charles McCreery, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's centre in Honolulu.

 

"It took an hour and a half for the wave to get from the earthquake to Sri Lanka and an hour for it to get . . . to the west coast of Thailand and Malaysia," he said.

 

"You can walk inland for 15 minutes to get to a safe area.

 

"We don't have contacts in our address book for anybody in that part of the world."

 

The earthquake, of magnitude 9.0 as measured by the US Geological Survey, struck at 7.59am (1159 AEDT). It was the world's biggest since 1964, said Julie Martinez at the US Geological Survey (USGS).

 

The tsunami that reached the east African coast, 6000 km away, was so powerful it smashed boats and flooded large areas.

 

 

To think so many deaths could have been prevented .... :D

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Very scarey,

 

sent a few shivers through me and a tear or 2, imagining the hell the ppl were going through. For it to coincide with the holiday season and xmas time makes it all the worse for the pagans.

 

and you know this type of think is easily possible in America and UK too, !!! :D

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as-salaam aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

 

it is heartbreaking to see all the footage and photos :D

 

My heart goes out to all those suffering from this tragedy.

 

May Allah calm the earth so that no more after-shocks make more damaging tidal waves.

 

May Allah help all the victims :D

fi aman Allah,

 

Ameera

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CNN Asia quake toll tops 21,000

More than 21,000 killed as strongest quake since 1964 triggers tsunamis across Asia

Worst-hit areas are Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives

Fears of disease from decaying bodies and contaminated water grows

Sri Lankan forecaster warns of "remote possibility of small tidal waves" from aftershocks.

 

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Assalaamalaikum,

 

Innalillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon. All these three countries, Indonesia, India and Thailand are very poor in rescue operations, hence we wil see this death toll rising by the day. May Allah protect us from His wrath. Ameen.

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Innalillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon.

 

Astaghfirullah, I was watching a film when I felt a rumble here in KL. I thought it was the film, but I found out it was the earthquake. :P

 

I'm so distressed that so many people died. Many Muslims reside in many of the areas affected (eastern Sri Lanka, Acheh, south Thailand, Maldives, Malaysia). But remember that those who drown are considered shaheeds.

 

Ya Allah, forgive our arrogant sins. Ameen.

 

:D

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21,000 I fear the number will not stop there when all is said and done.

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I heard on TV it is 30,000 now

 

Ameen to the duas

 

Tsunami death toll may exceed 50,000

 

Monday 27 December 2004, 20:01 Makka Time, 17:01 GMT

 

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At least 23,700 people have now been killed by Sunday's giant tsunami in southern Asia, according to the International Red Cross, amid signs the final toll could top 50,000.

 

The tsunami, triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean near the Indonesian island of Sumatra, was the biggest in 40 years registering 9.0 on the Richter scale.

 

It triggered 10-metre high waves that hit coastlines in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar.

 

With the toll mounting as communication with affected areas is restored there are fears the final bodycount could more than double after Indian officials reported 30,000 people missing in the country's eastern Andaman and Nicobar islands.

 

The death toll on the island chain currently stands at 3,000.

 

Five whole villages in the archipelago were swept away by a tsunami, district official G.C. Gupta said on Monday.

 

Indian naval ships were steaming to the area which holds more than 45,000 people on Greater Car Nicobar, it's smaller sibling and as many as 14 nearby inhabited islands with a combined population of about 360,000.

 

In response to yesterday's disaster, aid agencies have started to rush staff, equipment and money to the stricken region, warning that bodies rotting in the water were already beginning to threaten the water supply for survivors.

 

Rescue workers also spoke of bodies still caught up on trees after being flung inland by the waves.

 

Unbelievable

 

"I just couldn't believe what was happening before my eyes," Boree Carlsson said from a hotel in the Thai resort of Phuket.

 

"As I was standing there, a car actually floated into the lobby and overturned because the current was so strong," said the 45-year-old Swede.

 

"I heard an eerie sound that I have never heard before. It was a high pitched sound followed by a deafening roar," said a 55-year-old Indian fishermen called Chellappa. "I told everyone to run for their lives."

 

In Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands, Aljazeera's correspondent there, Sohaib Jassim, said nearly 5000 people had been killed and the toll was still expected to rise.

 

The worst affected area in the country was Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, where 3000 people were killed. More than 200 prisoners escaped from a jail when the tsunami knocked down its walls.

 

The correspondent said some relief aid had arrived on Monday in the main street linking Medan and Banda Aceh, but added no vehicles could reach some badly affected coastal areas.

 

Sri Lanka devastation

 

In Sri Lanka, the toll shot up as the military and Tamil Tiger rebels reported nearly 11,000 people, including 70 foreigners, dead.

 

One million people, or 5% of the population, have been affected.

 

Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans sheltered in schools and temples overnight, and officials expected the toll to rise further once rescuers resumed searches after daybreak.

 

India suffered more than 6000 casualties, about half of which were in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and 2790 in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, according to

police.

 

Beaches were littered with submerged cars and wrecked boats. Shanties on the coast were under water.

 

In Thailand, at least 839 people were killed and more than 7200 injured, including foreign tourists at seaside resorts in Phuket, the interior ministry said.

 

In Malaysia 51 people, including many elderly and children, were killed, officials said.

 

Preventable disaster

 

The head of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Los Angeles said US officials who detected the undersea quake tried frantically to get a warning out about the tsunami.

 

But there was no official alert system in the region, said Charles McCreery, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's centre in Honolulu.

 

"It took an hour and a half for the wave to get from the earthquake to Sri Lanka and an hour for it to get ... to the west coast of Thailand and Malaysia," he said.

 

"You can walk inland for 15 minutes to get to a safe area. We tried to do what we could," he said. "We don't have contacts in our address book for anybody in that part of the world."

 

The earthquake, of magnitude 8.9 as measured by the US Geological Survey, struck just before 8am (0059 GMT). It was the world's biggest since 1964.

 

The resulting tsunami was so powerful it smashed boats and flooded areas along the east African coast, 6000km away.

 

In tourist paradise Maldives, where thousands of foreign visitors were holidaying, at least 43 people were killed and another 63 missing, officials said.

 

 

An international aid agency said at least 30 people were killed

in Myanmar and the toll was expected to rise substantially.

 

International aid

 

Aid agencies said with communications cut to remote areas in many of the countries, it was impossible to assess the full scale of the disaster.

 

The Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was seeking 7.5 million Swiss francs ($6.5 million) for emergency aid funding.

 

The United States said it would offer "all appropriate assistance", while the European Union pledged an initial three million euros ($4 million).

 

Experts said the top five areas to be addressed were water, sanitation, food, shelter and health.

 

"We've had reports already from the south of India of bodies rotting where they have fallen and that will immediately affect the water supply especially for the most impoverished people," Christian Aid emergency officer Dominic Nutt said.

 

Agencies + AlJazeera

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Agencies fear disease after tsunami

 

Tuesday 28 December 2004, 20:06 Makka Time, 17:06 GMT

 

Disease could kill as many people in the stricken Indian Ocean region as have been killed in the weekend's earthquake-sparked tsunami, a top World Health Organisation (WHO) expert has said.

 

Dr David Nabarro told a news conference that to head off a health catastrophe matching the extent of the tidal wave disaster it was vital to rush medical treatment and fresh water into the worst-hit countries.

 

"There is certainly a chance that we could have as many dying from communicable diseases as from the tsunami," Nabarro said on Tuesday.

 

Latest official figures indicate nearly 55,000 people were killed in the catastrophe.

 

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) also expressed concern saying malaria and dengue fever are expected to pose serious health threats to survivors in Indonesia's Aceh.

 

MSF said in a statement that a charter plane from Belgium to the Sumatran city of Medan, just south of Aceh province, was to bring 32 tons of medical and sanitation materials to the area.

 

"Hopefully, it will arrive tomorrow," an MSF statement said, adding that a second charter was to follow a day later.

 

Indonesia toll rises

 

Indonesia and particularly Aceh province suffered about half of the 55,000 people killed across Asia after Sunday's massive earthquake and the tidal waves it triggered, officials said.

 

Great tracts of land remained under surging tides on the northwest tip of Sumatra island Tuesday and there was still no contact with many parts of the worst-affected areas.

 

"Air assessment of Aceh with helicopters is planned for tomorrow," MSF said.

 

"Malaria and dengue fever are anticipated to be serious problems. The desalination of water supplies will have to be a priority because salt water is contaminating fresh water supplies."

 

The agency said it was also dispatching "multiple teams" with drugs, water and other relief supplies to Sri Lanka which, it said, seems to be one of the most devastated countries.

 

MSF said it was also assessing the situation in Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and India, all of which were hit by the tsunami.

 

The disaster has led to the world's biggest-ever aid operation involving international organizations, neighbouring Asian states, European countries, the United States and countless people offering whatever individual help they can.

 

Agencies + AlJazeera

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selam,

 

according the latest news 60 800 death and 1/3 of children

and 43 000 lost in india....

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did anyone hear in the news that in indonesia ..a certain part was all wiped out

 

EXCEPT one masjid that is still standing?

 

 

 

Subhanallah!

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selam,

masjid,, it is good news between such news....and there is no dry soil to bury people in indonesia...

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did anyone hear in the news that in indonesia ..a certain part was all wiped out

 

EXCEPT one masjid that is still standing?

Subhanallah!

 

:D

 

That's right. Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province was levelled by the waves but the main Masjid survived.

 

Aceh is known as the veranda of Makkah because of all the pilgrims who gather there to perform the Hajj. A friends grandmother was staying at a hostel awaiting the Hajj season to begin when it was swept away. She and her grandchildren are missing. :P :P

 

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Latest figures:

 

Almost 82,000 confirmed deaths throughout region.

 

45,000 dead in Aceh

23,000 in Sri Lanka

1000+ in Thailand

 

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