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#181    Sinisa

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 04:33 AM

ye Australia donnated 1billion $$  to the tsunami relief effort, i watched the news today... original.gif  hope it helps a lot of people in need. original.gif  original.gif


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Posted 06 January 2005 - 05:12 AM

Is that a billion US or Austrilian dollars?

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 06:04 AM

QUOTE(Talon S. @ Jan 6 2005, 04:12 PM)
Is that a billion US or Austrilian dollars?

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AU, Pete Repeat  tongue.gif

Which is...$763,708,897.84 American.

Regardless, it's an astronomical amount for a single, draught wrought country to offer.


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Posted 06 January 2005 - 07:14 AM

ohhh thats allot of cash:)

i wonder if thats come out of the aid budget (i'm assuming thats what they do, allocate a certain amount to foreign aid), hopefully now the Indonesian government will be a little more cooperative in taking out jemhar islamer (horrid spelling)


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Posted 06 January 2005 - 07:23 AM

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hopefully now the Indonesian government will be a little more cooperative in taking out jemhar islamer (horrid spelling)


Yeah, i wouldn't be suprised if that was PARTLY a diplomacy manoeuver. Two birds with one stone tongue.gif

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 10:13 AM

Indonesian and Australian ties were extremely good before this disaster...so I doubt it's political.


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Posted 07 January 2005 - 08:10 PM

441 Britons feared dead in quake
Around 440 Britons are either dead or missing in the Asian tsunami disaster, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said.
Mr Straw told a news conference in Thailand 49 Britons had been confirmed dead plus 391 unaccounted for. One more death was announced later.

The confirmed dead included 37 Britons in Thailand, 10 in Sri Lanka and three in the Maldives.

Back in Britain Cherie Blair said the public's donations had been "fantastic", while Princes William and Harry have carried out volunteer work.

In Thailand the foreign secretary said the anxiety of relatives of the missing would be prolonged because of the scale of the task to identify bodies.

Mr Straw said experts from more than 30 countries were involved in one of the biggest international forensic operations ever mounted to identify victims.

'Long uncertainty'

"The agony of long uncertainty for many families and the scale of the effort still required is truly daunting," Mr Straw said.

British forensic experts involved in previous incidents such as Lockerbie and the Bali bombing had stressed the size of the job, he said.


"There are many hundreds of dead in the mortuary areas. It is impossible to tell the country of origin of most of those poor people."

Meanwhile Cherie Blair - the prime minister's wife - praised the British public's response to the disaster during a visit to a Save the Children charity shop on Friday.

Speaking at the shop in Clapham, south London, where she donated bags full of toys, she said: "The response has been fantastic. I would urge the public to continue to donate."


It also emerged on Friday that Princes William and Harry have been working as volunteers in a Gloucestershire warehouse sending aid to tsunami victims.

Mr Straw, who has been meeting the families of British victims on the island of Phuket, added that many unidentified victims were still being found.

"In the past two days more than 500 victims of currently unknown nationality have arrived for examination, " he said.

The foreign secretary said as well as the Britons confirmed dead, 391 people are now listed by the Metropolitan Police as "likely or very likely to have been involved as victims."

"That is, for example, that there is an eyewitness account of them in the water or a damaged building; an eyewitness knows that they were in the immediate area and they have not been seen since", he said.


If it is confirmed the Asian tsunami has claimed the lives of 440 Britons, it will be the highest British death toll since the end of World War II.

Officials in Thailand said China had offered the use of its laboratories for DNA testing and the first samples from the remains of unidentified victims would be sent there later on Friday.

EU talks

US Secretary of State Colin Powell and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan are travelling to Sri Lanka to witness the impact of the disaster there.

In Brussels, European foreign ministers are to meet to discuss how the £1bn in aid pledged by the EU should be spent.



The meeting, which also includes EU aid and health ministers, will focus on planning long-term reconstruction for the affected countries.

Most of the emergency aid provided so far by the European Union and European Commission has been spent on food and water, clothing and shelter to survivors.

More than 140,000 people are now known to have died in the Asian tsunami disaster, and hundreds of thousands more are homeless.


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/uk/4153741.stm



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Posted 11 January 2005 - 12:18 AM

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I notice all of them own a billion up. God and the richest scum like Bill Gates siting their with 43 billion. He could fund this himself the evil b*stard. What the hell do they do with money like that other than let others starve?


Actually Bill Gates is from all accounts the largest individual giver to charity in the world.    An example:

$1 billion  over 20 years to establish the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program, which will support promising minority students through college and some kinds of graduate school.
$750 million  over five years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, which includes the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, Unicef, pharmaceutical companies and the World Bank.
$350 million  over three years to teachers, administrators, school districts and schools to improve America’s K-12 education, starting in Washington State.
$200 million  to the Gates Library Program, which is wiring public libraries in America’s poorest communities in an effort to close the “digital divide.”
$100 million  to the Gates Children’s Vaccine Program, which will accelerate delivery of lifesaving vaccines to children in the poorest countries of the world.
$50 million  to the Maternal Mortality Reduction Program, run by the Columbia University School of Public Health.
$50 million  to the Malaria Vaccine Initiative, to conduct research on promising candidates for a malaria vaccine.
$50 million  to an international group called the Alliance for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer.
$50 million  to a fund for global polio eradication, led by the World Health Organization, Unicef, Rotary International and the U.N. Foundation.
$40 million  to the International Vaccine Institute, a research program based in Seoul, South Korea.
$28 million  to Unicef for the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus.
$25 million  to the Sequella Global Tuberculosis Foundation.
$25 million  to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, which is creating coalitions of research scientists, pharmaceutical companies and governments in developing countries to look for a safe, effective, widely accessible vaccine against AIDS.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 12:41 PM

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 05:26 PM

Tsunami deaths soar past 212,000

Wednesday, January 19, 2005 Posted: 10:34 AM EST (1534 GMT)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- The Indonesian Health Ministry said Wednesday that the December 26 earthquake and tsunami killed 166,320 people in Indonesia, jumping the regional death toll for the disaster to 212,611.

The Health Ministry said 6,245 people were still missing.

Dodi Indrasanto, a director at the health ministry's department of health affairs, told Reuters that the new death total reflected the latest reports from the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra, which were directly in the path of the killer tsunami spawned by a magnitude 9 earthquake the day after Christmas.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, speaking before the health ministry released its latest figures, told a donors conference in Jakarta that the true extent of the catastrophe defied description.

"Perhaps we will never know the exact scale of the human casualties," he said.

Meanwhile in Japan, the U.N. head of emergency relief warned that natural disaster in any of the world's largest cities could set off a catastrophe that could be 100 times worse than the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Speaking on the first day of a disaster prevention conference in the Japanese city of Kobe, Jan Egeland, the U.N. Director of Disaster Relief, said many of the world's megacities, including Tokyo, are extremely vulnerable to natural disasters.

"Perhaps the most frightening prospect would be to have a truly megadisaster in a megacity," he told delegates from 150 nations Tuesday in Kobe, where an earthquake killed nearly 6,500 people a decade ago.

"Then we could have not only a tsunami-style casualty rate as we have seen late last year, but we could see one hundred times that in a worst case."

Megacities are densely concentrated cities, with a population of 10 million or more, and Egeland said time is running short for some of the largest cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The five most populated cities in the world are the greater Tokyo area with 35.3 million people, Mexico City with 19 million, New York-Newark with 18.5 million and Bombay and Sao Paulo both with a population of 18.3 million, U.N. figures show.

The five-day conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the Kobe quake is also aiming to draw lessons from last month's quake and tsunamis.

Key to the meeting is laying the foundation for an Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system, similar to one set up in the Pacific.

The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has proposed a system in the Indian Ocean -- including offshore detection buoys and a communications center -- that would cost $30 million and go into operation by mid-2006.

Experts say well-placed breakwaters, quake-proof seawalls, detailed hazard maps showing danger areas and well-defined evacuation routes and shelters are also needed, according to The Associated Press.

In Tamil Nadu, the Indian state hit hardest by the tsunamis, more than 8,000 people died. Most of the victims lived along the state's lengthy coastline, and state officials are looking at ways to prevent natural disasters from exacting such a heavy toll in the future.

While deep-sea tsunami sensors and solid sea walls were among the proposals discussed, forest officials have suggested a simpler and cheaper alternative.

India's state government is now planning to plant 3 billion casuarina, coconut and cashew saplings along the entire coast after discovering that villages that survived were protected by forest cover.

The United Nations is also calling for the world's children to be educated in disaster reduction and prevention in the next 10 years.

Three weeks on
As experts talk about how to protect cities and nations against natural disasters, relief workers and militaries are trying to help the survivors and help rebuild communities three weeks after the tsunami struck.

A U.N. travel ban on aid workers in parts of the Indonesian province of Aceh has been lifted.

The United Nations had imposed a 24-hour ban on staff travel to specific regions because of security fears following reports of fighting between government forces and rebels in Aceh.

Indonesia's defense minister said the military is sending 5,000 more soldiers to the region to help with reconstruction efforts.

Sri Lanka is launching an extremely ambitious plan to rebuild parts of the country wiped out in the tsunami disaster.

By some estimates, almost two-thirds of Sri Lanka's coastal region was destroyed, including hundreds of thousands of homes.

The so-called "Rebuilding Nation" program is expected to cost $3.5 billion. It includes plans for constructing new townships, replanning transportation networks, and improving telecommunications infrastructure.

Source: CNN.com


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Posted 20 January 2005 - 12:11 AM

212,000 and still climbing. crying.gif

I was reading that it is possible that there are thousands of people that may never be listed in the fatalaties as entire generations of a single family may have been swept out to sea; with no bodies and no one to report them missing they may go without being reported.

In many of the more rural communities there were just no record keeping to be able to refer to...

It is hard to imagine that entire families could just get swept to sea and not be remembered or mourned...it is just really sad...

Too many people on both sides of the spectrum have fallen into this mentality that a full one half of the country are the enemy for having different beliefs...in a country based on freedom of expression. It is this infighting that allows the focus to be taken away from "we the people" being able to watch, and have control over government corruption and ineptitude that is running rampant in our leadership.

People should be working towards fixing problems, not creating them.

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 12:25 AM

QUOTE(Fluffybunny @ Jan 19 2005, 04:11 PM)
212,000 and still climbing. crying.gif

I was reading that it is possible that there are thousands of people that may never be listed in the fatalaties as entire generations of a single family may have been swept out to sea; with no bodies and no one to report them missing they may go without being reported.

In many of the more rural communities there were just no record keeping to be able to refer to...

It is hard to imagine that entire families could just get swept to sea and not be remembered or mourned...it is just really sad...

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I would assume it is entirely possible that entire villages that kept no records will never be counted in the total loss of life. Which IMO is a shame. It's bad enough to have died, but not to have any record of your life is an equal tragedy





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