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Death count from various sources

CNN Int' - 33,000++
BBC Int' - 60,000++
ST - 55,000++
Streats - 39,000++
WikiPedia - 59,000++
WikiNews - 22,000++
Reuters UK - 63,000++
ABC Int' - 53,000++
FOX - 52,000++
CNA - 55,000++

source feeds correct as of 1044h GMT +8
 

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CNA just updated:

Death count from various sources

CNN Int' - 33,000++
BBC Int' - 60,000++
ST - 55,000++
Streats - 39,000++
WikiPedia - 59,000++
WikiNews - 22,000++
Reuters UK - 63,000++
ABC Int' - 53,000++
FOX - 52,000++
CNA - 60,000++

source feeds correct as of 1102h GMT +8

Looks like more and more are agreeing with the 55,000-65,000 range...
 

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20k is too optimistic..

- Indonesia: At least 30,000 people were killed, all on Sumatra island, the Health Ministry said. It said this figure did not include districts on Sumatra's hard-hit western coast, meaning the final death toll will almost certainly rise significantly.

- Sri Lanka: Some 21,715 killed in government and rebel controlled areas. More than 1 million people were displaced.

- India: The Home Ministry said 4,413 deaths have been confirmed, but the toll was expected to climb: A police official said 8,000 people were missing and possibly dead in India's remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located just north of Sumatra; so far, 90 deaths from the archipelago were among the ministry count.

- Thailand: The government said 1,516 people died, among them more than 700 tourists.

- Somalia: At least 110 killed, said Ali Abdi Awaare, environment minister of the semiautonomous region Puntland. A presidential spokesman earlier said hundreds were killed without giving an exact figure.

- Myanmar: About 90 people were killed, according to reports compiled by international aid agencies.

- Malaysia: At least 65 people, including an unknown number of foreign tourists, were dead, according to official reports.

- Maldives: At least 52 people were confirmed dead.

- Tanzania: At least 10 people, mostly swimmers, said Alfred Tibaigana, police commander in Dar es Salaam.

- Seychelles: Three killed.

- Bangladesh: Two killed.

- Kenya: 1

near 60 000 and rising.
 

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Very sad. What a severe disaster. It is said that the aftermath more could lose their lives through diseases and such. Sigh. Just came back after visiting the red cross. Donated some cash, hope it helps.

I think the government should give much more than $2 million, they can surely afford more. I wonder if they're thinking of sending volunteers to help out there.
 

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Can use SMS to donate also......think the telco waived the admin charges too......:yes:

29 December 2004

Pledge your donations to tsunami victims via ATMs, SMS

SINGAPORE : The Short Message System (SMS) has been used to pledge donations in local charity shows and to cast votes for Singapore Idol.

So, why not leverage on Singapore's mobile telecommunication network to raise funds for the quake and tsunami victims?

TODAY approached the three telcos on Tuesday on the feasibility of setting up SMS-donation hotlines as an additional channel for the disaster fund, and found that SingTel was already "working on the details" of an SMS-based fundraising mechanism for the Singapore Red Cross' efforts in the affected regions.

M1 was galvanised into action and StarHub is now also working on such a possibility.

Mr Chua Swee Kiat, general manager for M1 corporate communications, said: "In view of TODAY's offer of a publicity platform, crucial for any appeal to succeed, M1 will be starting a donation drive via SMS."

Meanwhile SingTel has already pledged S$200,000 to help the tsunami victims. It will also open donation hotlines on December 30.

Members of the public and SingTel Mobile postpaid customers can call a 1900 number or *SEND respectively to make a S$10 or S$50 donation.

To make a S$10 donation, call 1900 112 1226 or *1226. For a S$50 donation, call 1900 112 1227 or *1227

The targeted date for the launch of M1's SMS-donation hotline on behalf of the Singapore Red Cross is this Saturday, January 1.

M1's 700,000 post-paid customers can then donate via SMS in S$10 denominations, with the normal administrative fee for such SMS services waived for the donation drive period. All funds raised will be donated to the Singapore Red Cross.

At the same time, StarHub is looking into how it can help by opening up an SMS-donation portal for its 1 million subscribers.

DBS and POSB are also using its wide customer base and ATM network to help raise funds. The bank's customers can now contribute to the "Red Cross Tidal Waves Asia" fund at any of the 780 DBS or POSB ATMs islandwide, or online via the DBS Internet banking portal.

Said Mr Rajan Raju, managing director and head of South and South-east Asia, DBS Bank: "More than 550,000 Singaporeans use DBS iBanking. Given our wide customer base and ATM network, we want to help the Singapore Red Cross raise money by making it convenient for people to donate."

Copyright © 2004 MCN International Pte Ltd
 

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Major updates this afternoon

Death count from various sources

CNN Int' - 66,000++
BBC Int' - 60,000++
ST - 60,000++
Streats - 60,000++
WikiPedia - 68,000++
WikiNews - 58,000++
Reuters UK - 68,000++
CNA - 68,000++

source feeds correct as of 1827h GMT +8
 

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Did animals sense tsunami?

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan wildlife officials are stunned -- the worst tsunami in memory has killed around 22,000 people along the Indian Ocean island's coast, but they can't find any dead animals.
Giant waves washed floodwaters up to 2 miles inland at Yala National Park in the ravaged southeast, Sri Lanka's biggest wildlife reserve and home to hundreds of wild elephants and several leopards.

"The strange thing is we haven't recorded any dead animals," H.D. Ratnayake, deputy director of the national Wildlife Department, told Reuters on Wednesday.

"No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit," he added. "I think animals can sense disaster. They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening."

At least 40 tourists, including nine Japanese, were drowned.

The tsunami was triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, which sent waves up to 5-metres high crashing onto Sri Lanka's southern, eastern and northern seaboard, flooding whole towns and villages, destroying hotels and causing widespread destruction.
 

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Oh....I tot we are a city of money-minded robots with no soul? :D

Anyway, that story of animals surviving in Sri Lanka is fascinating. I know some animals indeed can sense danger, and are quick to siam, but ALL of these animals? Something is worth investigating...

Perhaps the impoverished nations should actually rely on whats freely available around them...the wild life, in having an early warning disaster system?
 

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Oh....I tot we are a city of money-minded robots with no soul? :D

Anyway, that story of animals surviving in Sri Lanka is fascinating. I know some animals indeed can sense danger, and are quick to siam, but ALL of these animals? Something is worth investigating...

Perhaps the impoverished nations should actually rely on whats freely available around them...the wild life, in having an early warning disaster system?
Not a bad idea......very cheap also.......:lol:

I suppose robots have feeling also......:cry::D
 

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dolphins in kuala Muda in Kedah acted strangely, swam near the coast and estuary before the waves struck. Dunno what happen to all the dolphins but I saw the pic of one dead dolphin washed ashore.
 

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dolphins in kuala Muda in Kedah acted strangely, swam near the coast and estuary before the waves struck. Dunno what happen to all the dolphins but I saw the pic of one dead dolphin washed ashore.
So sad!

This just shows that we should learn from our animal cousins more often for future survival! :D
 

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Not a bad idea......very cheap also.......:lol:

I suppose robots have feeling also......:cry::D
A. I.? :D
 

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S'pore firms pitch in to help victims

Food, money and aid roll in for quake survivors

(SINGAPORE) As the biggest international humanitarian relief operation ever mounted got underway yesterday, companies and organisations here got cracking to help the victims of Asia's tsunami disaster.

'We felt we had to do something,' said Yang Mei Ling, senior manager for public affairs at NTUC FairPrice. 'On Monday, everyone was saying 'so poor thing' and feeling a need to help, but we weren't sure how to do it.'

Yesterday morning, Ms Yang made a tentative call to local disaster aid organisation Mercy Relief to see what plans it had, and when the organisation said it was collecting food, Ms Yang immediately saw the match.

'That's clearly something we can supply,' she said. The management committee approved the idea immediately, promising $50,000 of essentials. But beyond pledging aid in kind, FairPrice got many willing staff hands to help put together the 5,000 food packages it has donated.

'We called for volunteers to help at noon, and about 50 were at the warehouse by 2.30pm. It's like everyone had a pent-up desire to help,' said FairPrice chairman S Chandra Das.

The employees' staff volunteer club, Club V, was in fact set up just a month ago.

The food packages will be sent to Sri Lanka by Mercy Relief, underwritten by Cathay Pacific. Mercy Relief will work with the Soka Gakkai organisation in Sri Lanka to distribute the packages.

Mercy Relief's executive director Hassan Ahmad said various companies had called the organisation to ask how they could help. 'We made an appeal for partners to help only on Monday evening, and we got positive responses by Tuesday,' he said.

Groups from arts organisations to yoga schools have also pitched in to help the disaster victims, pledging mostly monetary support.

The Arts House, for instance, has pledged the net proceeds of its first Countdown party, Asia Major, to the victims.

BreadTalk will use its 24 BreadTalk outlets and two Din Tai Fung restaurants in Singapore as donation collection points for the Red Cross.

UOB Group will donate $300,000 to help relief efforts. The bank will give the Singapore Red Cross Society $100,000 for its 'Tidal Waves Asia' fund. A further $200,000 will be donated by UOB's banking subsidiaries in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to the relief funds in their respective countries.

In his personal capacity, UOB Group chairman and chief executive Wee Cho Yaw has donated $100,000 to the Singapore Red Cross Society to kick off a fund-raising exercise among UOB staff in Singapore.

DBS Bank also says it is donating $100,000 to the Tidal Waves Asia fund, while its subsidiary, PT Bank DBS Indonesia, is contributing another $100,000 to the National Natural Disaster in Aceh and North Sumatra fund set up by Bank Indonesia in aid of the local relief work.

SingTel has also set aside $200,000 for donations to the victims. And more than $100,000 has been raised by members of Network Indonesia, a private sector business networking platform, for relief work in Indonesia.

Citigroup staff have also started pooling donations for relief work.

Even budget airlines are flexing their wings, with AirAsia leading the way by pledging 150 seats for relief and rescue workers intending to travel to Penang, Langkawi, Alor Star, Medan and Phuket for humanitarian work.

International aid agencies like World Vision International and Habitat for Humanity International, which have offices in the affected areas and Singapore, have mobilised their offices here to collect donations.

But it's not just about what organisations can do. An Indonesian individual working here, Olivia Pollack, says she was so disturbed by what she saw on television and in the newspapers that she just had to do something to help.

'I talked to all my friends and got the word out that I was helping to collect donations like bedding and clothes,' said the marketing manager of Restaurant 1827. 'I couldn't sleep last night, thinking of those who were homeless and didn't have anything left.' As friends bring blankets, clothes and other donations in kind, Ms Pollack will collect them and hand them over to the Sri Lankan and Indonesian embassies tomorrow.
 

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Death count from various sources

CNN Int' - 71,000++
BBC Int' - 60,000++
ST - 60,000++
Streats - 60,000++
WikiPedia - 73,000++
WikiNews - 58,000++
Reuters UK - 68,000++
CNA - 71,000++

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Death toll in south Asia could rise above 100,000: Red Cross













GENEVA: The death toll in the tidal wave disaster around the Indian Ocean could rise above 100,000 once outlying islands of India are fully checked, a senior international Red Cross official said Wednesday.

"I would not be at all surprised if we are over 100,000 dead, particularly when we see what has happened in the Andaman and Nicobar islands," Peter Rees,



head of operations support at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told journalists.

Rees's evaluation came as the Federation raised its initial emergency appeal for funding to 67 million Swiss francs (59 million dollars, 53 million euros) to help two million people across 10 countries.

"The scale of this disaster is growing by the hour. The devastation is unimaginable," Markku Niskala, secretary general of the Federation, said in a statement.

The confirmed death toll totted up by the agency from official sources had reached 68,826 at 1005 GMT Tuesday.

Some 508,530 people were injured and more than one million displaced, while 161,200 people were officially estimated as homeless, Federation officials added.

About 1,450 people were reported by authorities to be missing in Thailand and Somalia, but Rees warned that the overall figure was likely to far higher once full assessments were made in all countries.

Officials at the Federation and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said coordination among aid agencies was working well.

But they revealed that airports at the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and in Jakarta were being clogged up with unsolicited aid, hampering organised relief.

"We're already having reports that in both Jakarta and Colombo, we're getting overhwelmed with unsolicited relief supplies. We're moving our goods for Indonesia into Medan (north Sumatra) because of the backlog at Jakarta," Rees said.

"I think it is mostly going to be from the very large number of governments and organisations sending goods," Rees said.

The "confused situation" was likely to last for another couple of weeks and was predictable because of the unprecedented scale of the relief effort, officials said.

"We will work with OCHA (the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) in particular to try to bring the whole international community into line with a coordinated response, but it's going to be messy," Rees said. - AFP
 

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if it had happened off the coast of singapore.... then all of singapore*s imported sand might be washed away lol....

what will happen to east coast beach?
 
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