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Indonesia Relief
Summary: US marines bring supplies, remote island needs water
Story No: 438969
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/10/2005 06:48 PM



1. Wide shot of Meulaboh beach with a US Navy landing hovercraft on sea's horizon

2. US Navy landing craft coming towards shore

3. US Navy crewman, with red and yellow flags, directing landing craft

4. Captain Michelle Howard, Amphibious Group 7 Commanding Officer observing the landing

5. Close up US Navy landing craft as it approaches the shore

6. US Marines helicopters flying above palm trees

7. US Navy landing craft arriving at the beach

8. French fire fighter watching the landing craft

9. Indonesian soldier and civilian watching the landing craft

10. Various forklift taking off supplies from the landing craft and putting them down on the beach

12. US Marines, French fire fighter and Indonesian soldier unloading US Marines helicopter

13. US Marines in a jeep

Calang Aceh

14. Wide of beach with destruction

15. Wide of makeshift shelters amid destruction

16. Mid shot makeshift shelters

17. Mid shot man and girl

18. Wide of area hit by tsunami

19. Wide people walk in front of damaged area

20. SOUNDBITE (Bahasa Indonesia) Nazarudin (one name only)

"What we need is a place to stay and food to eat. We don't have enough rice here. Only a few of us have a little left from before the tsunami."

21. Woman collects water for drinking

22. Girl collects water for washing

23. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Rick Brennan International Rescue Committee:

"Diarrhoea is certainly the main condition right now. That's related to poor sanitation and poor water conditions. All the water sources here are contaminated and there are no latrines at all for this community we have found at this stage."

24. Close up of woman and child

25. People with temporary shelters


US Marines landed vitally-needed supplies and equipment on the beach at Meulaboh on Monday, one of the worst hit Indonesian fishing towns.

A high-tech hovercraft was used to carry tons of food, water and a forklift ashore.

The landing was conducted on a much smaller scale than originally planned - only about 10 Marines were aboard, most of them crew.

Captain Michelle Howard, commander of the Navy strike force that brought the Marines said she hoped the success of this operation would encourage the Indonesian government to allow more such landings.

It was part of perhaps the biggest US military humanitarian mission ever but it only came after several days of intense negotiations between the Marines and the local military.

After arriving off northwest Sumatra last Friday, the Marines had hoped to quickly go ashore to clear roads, build shelters and distribute purified water.

Nearly 2,000 Marines are now afloat off the Meulaboh coastline in two amphibious assault ships diverted from duty in Iraq.

The ships carry two dozen helicopters, heavy equipment such as bulldozers and forklifts, and tons of food.

But the Indonesian government has expressed concerns over security and the fear that the troops would be too much for the local infrastructure to handle.

However, the problems with the American mission are primarily political.

The government has for decades been battling an insurgency in Aceh, Sumatra's northernmost province where Meulaboh is located, and has long made the region off-limits to foreigners.

And relations between Jakarta and Washington are strained. The United States has accused Indonesia of human rights violations, and military ties between the two nations are virtually nil.

Colonel Tom Greenwood, commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said the Indonesians were concerned about a number of issues, including the perception that if the Marines went ashore in large numbers, and heavily armed, they might be perceived as an invading force.

Further along the coast, the residents of the village of Calang Aceh, sixty miles south of the provincial capital on the coast, continue to live under extreme conditions two weeks after their settlement was destroyed by the Asian earthquake and the tsunami.

The head of the village told APTN that up to seventy percent of the village's estimated 8000 population were dead or missing after the disaster.

Many have left for villages further inland.

Those that remain are living under makeshift shelters. They are desperately short of food and clean water is almost non existent.

Aid has been dropped here by US and Australian helicopters but the roads to the settlement are impassable.

Around what is left of the village women could be seen collecting drinking water from wells known to be contaminated.

Rick Brennan, an Australian doctor with the International Rescue Committee arrived in the village on Sunday with a handful of colleagues.

He says that the three main health problems- diarrhoea, chest infections and infections of wounds that were sustained in the tsunami- were all being made worse by poor sanitation.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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Locations: Indonesia, Aceh, Sumatra, Southeast Asia, Asia
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Sri Lanka Fishing
Summary: A look at the impact of the disaster on fishing communities
Story No: 438943
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/10/2005 01:55 PM


Colombo - January 10

1. Various of exteriors of fish market

2. Various, stall holders

3. Various, fish

4. Setup shot, stall holder M.P. Jackson

5. SOUNDBITE: (Sinhalese) M.P. Jackson, Stall holder, Colombo Fish Market:

"Before the tsunami the business was okay but after the tsunami the quantity of the fish has gone down and the crowd (buyers) as well and the business is badly affected."

6. Various of fish market

7. SOUNDBITE: (Sinhalese) Roshan Perera, president of stall holders, Colombo Fish Market:

"The income level has gone down from the lowest employee to the business owner. They are depending on this business."

8. Perera walking through fish market

9. Various of fish market and workers

Colombo - January 7, 2005

10. Various of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaika Kumaratunga (standing on left) being presented with fish from fishermen

Colombo - January 10, 2005

11. Setup shot, Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy

12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy:

"We are hoping to put up around 500 boats per month at the beginning. As it progresses we are thinking of even improving around one thousand boats per month. That will certainly give immediate relief to the fishermen who are waiting to get back to their livelihood."

14. Cutaway, hand

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy:

"We are getting those repair teams, they are getting involved with the local fishermen as well, and the fishermen's department as well, so we would be getting them (inaudible) part of the repair team, and they will get some sort of income while doing that. And others will be those fishermen who have no income at all and we will repair the boats at no cost to them."

16. Mid shot, Sandagiri

Galle - January 10, 2005

17. Various, men standing around boat washed up on beach

18. Man leaning on boat

19. Traffic on street next to boat

20. Pull out from boat

21. Boats at sea

22. Panning shot, boats washed up on beach next to road


Early on Monday morning nearly all the stalls at Colombo's fish market were empty.

But before the Tsunamis hit Sri Lanka on December 26, the fish market was crowded every morning.

Since the waves displaced over five thousand fishing families and damaged more than 20-thousand fishing boats, most of the stalls have been left empty.

According to stall holder M.J. Jackson "after the tsunami the quantity of the fish has gone down and the crowd (buyers) as well, and the business is badly affected."

Another problem for stall holders has been the Sri Lankans' fear of eating fish after the tsunamis left so many dead bodies in the sea.

On Friday Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaika Kumaratunga received a basket of fish from fishermen to show that she wasn't scared of eating fish.

With so many fishing boats damaged the Sri Lankan military has offered to help repairing boats and building new ones.

Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri said on Monday that the navy is "hoping to put up around 500 boats per month at the beginning.

He said that would give "immediate relief to the fishermen who are waiting to get back to their livelihood".

According to Sandagiri, the military was asked by Kumaratunga and the government to take on the repair project as the military has the capacity and efficiency to get the work started immediately.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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Subjects: Tsunamis, Navy, Natural disasters, Military leadership, Fish and shellfish farming, Accidents and disasters, General news, Tsunamis, Natural hazards, Environment, Environment and nature, Armed forces, Military and defense, Government and politics, Agriculture, Agriculture, food and beverage manufacturing, Industries, Business
Locations: Sri Lanka, Colombo, South Asia, Asia
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Indonesia Meulaboh
Summary: Aerial; destruction; medical aid arrives at hospital
Story No: 438187
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/02/2005 01:36 PM


1. Aerial of Sumatran coast,

2. Aerial Boats off coast

3. Aerial Meulaboh with flattened buildings

4. Locals carrying belongings walking among devastation

5. Local wheeling wheelbarrow

6. Various locals walking amongst rubble

7. Locals pulling something onto truck

8. US soldiers

9. Interior makeshift hospital - various injured people lying on mattresses on the floor

10. US soldier giving out medical supplies

11. Medical supplies on ground

12. Distribution of supplies


An outpouring of global aid has begun reaching Indonesia''s stricken villages and towns in Aceh province, as American helicopters shuttled supplies to desperate victims of Asia''s tsunami disaster.

APTN made its own way down the coast of Sumatra to one of the worst stricken towns - that of Meulaboh.

About half of the town of 40,000 was destroyed and fewer than 100

residents could be seen scrounging for food among destroyed homes.

A huge cargo ship lay on its side in the harbour.

In one neighbourhood, the only building left standing was a mosque.

Four refugee camps in schools and government offices housed a few thousand


A tour of one of the camps showed that noodles and rice had arrived

and there were doctors on hand to treat the injured.

Five American doctors flew to the decimated town from the USS Shoup, as four Indonesian frigates filled with aid docked offshore.

US soldiers were distributing aid including medical supplies.

Meulaboh''s airstrip was reopened on Saturday, allowing small planes and helicopters to land with cartons of badly needed relief.

Officials across the Indian Ocean region said bottlenecks that have left boxes of supplies in warehouses with insufficient transport were easing.

Aid workers in Indonesia, the nation hardest hit, said critical supplies were finally reaching inland villages that needed them most.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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Subjects: Accidents and disasters, General news
Locations: Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asia, Sumatra
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Somalia Aftermath
Summary: Aerials of tsunami-hit area, UN comments
Story No: 438036
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/31/2004 02:29 PM
People: Tommy Thompson


Hafun Island, Somalia, 30 December 2004

1. Aerial shots of coastline

2. Interior of plane

3. Aerial shots of fishing villages

4. Aerials of devastated area

Nairobi, Kenya, 31 December 2004

5. Wide shot of press conference of Somali relief coordinators at UN offices

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tommy Thompson, World Food Programme Logistics Affairs Officer for Somalia:

"Hafun is certainly very clearly partially wiped out. That''s quite clear from the photographs and from our own findings there. The villages that were adjacent to that were far less hit. There was on place where there was standing water and there were many other places that were along the coast that were only kilometres down the coast that showed either no damage or some damage to structures that were right along the sea coast. What we can see is we can see whether these areas have been flooded, the houses have been swept clean so there is really a limit to what we actually can and can''t see from the air."

Hafun Island Somalia, 30 December 2004

7. Various aerials of damaged area


The number of Somalis killed by deadly tidal waves which battered the country''s shores on Sunday has risen to more than 200 people, an official said on Friday.

Most of the victims are from the Indian Ocean coastline of the semiautonomous region of Puntland, including the northeastern Hafun Island 1125 kilometres (699 miles) north east of Mogadishu.

Between five and seven thousand people live on the island.

The area was hardest hit by the violent waves at the weekend, said a Somali presidential spokesman.

An aerial survey of parts of the Somali coastline on Thursday showed that about 30 percent of the structures in Hafun were destroyed by the tidal waves.

Tommy Thompson of the World Food Programme said Hafun was "partially wiped out".

But the UN was unable to immediately verify the latest Somali government''s casualty figures because its officials are unable to visit many parts of Somalia that are considered too dangerous, the UN''s acting humanitarian coordinator for the Horn of Africa state said.

The presence of large numbers of anti-aircraft guns owned by local warlords prevented UN officials from flying over parts of the Somali coastline to assess the damage in those areas, officials said.

A UN food agency spokeswoman said the United Nations was reviewing preliminary estimates which showed that between 30-thousand and 50-thousand people were affected and in need of immediate relief assistance.

Some 15-thousand Somalis have begun receiving assistance, the WFP said.

The tsunamis hit Somalia''s shores on Sunday, triggered by the undersea quake centered off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, about 4,500 kilometres (2,800 miles) across the Indian Ocean.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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Subjects: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Accidents and disasters, Natural disasters, General news, Earthquakes, Natural hazards, Environment, Environment and nature, Tsunamis
People: Tommy Thompson
Locations: Somalia, East Africa, Africa
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Sri Lanka Reunion
Summary: Child survives train crash, reunited with grandfather
Story No: 438156
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/02/2005 03:56 AM


1. Various of little girl in hospital

2. SOUNDBITE: (Sinhalese) (No name available), Doctor:

"The rescuers brought her here and she can speak and she told us her name and her father''s name."

3. Little girl being held by nurse

4. Grandfather arriving, handing over child''s parents'' death certificates as proof that he is grandfather

5. Soldier talking to grandfather

6. Photograph of girl

7. Girl looking at photograph

8. Grandfather''s identity card

9. Photograph of girl''s sister who died in train accident

10. Grandfather being reunited with little girl

11. SOUNDBITE: (Sinhalese) (No name available), Grandfather:

"I didn''t know she was here. People saw children at the hospital and said: ''Go and look''."

12. Grandfather with little girl


A Sri Lankan child, whose parents and sister were killed when a train was thrown off its tracks by last week''s tidal waves, has had an emotional reunion with her grandfather.

Four-year-old Nimani Samanthika was initially thought to be dead, following the train derailment, and was taken to a morgue.

But three days later, rescue workers realised she was alive and she was transferred to the Batapola government hospital.

Her grandfather, who thought his whole family had perished in the disaster, had heard that there were children at the hospital.

He found Nimani there on Friday.

The Queen of the Sea train was travelling from Colombo to the southern port city of Galle last Sunday when it was struck by the tsunami.

The force of the waves threw the train''s eight carriages into a bog, tearing the wheels off some of the cars and twisting the train tracks.

A thousand tickets were sold in the Sri Lankan capital for the train journey and rescuers recovered 802 bodies.

No relatives claimed 204 of the corpses so they were buried in a mass grave.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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Locations: Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka Crisis 2
Summary: WRAP Dramatic pix from flooded region; aid workers, voxpop
Story No: 438134
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/01/2005 04:43 PM


Ampara District

1. Various of Sri Lankan military helicopter being loaded with aid supplies and food

2. Various aerials of flooding in Ampara

3. Various of helicopter hovering over a crowd of disaster victims in a village called Periakular, Ampara district

4. Various of crowd of survivors fighting and struggling to get aid dropped from the helicopter


5. Aerials of flooded homes and fields

6. Shots from road of cars driving through water

7. SOUNDBITE (Sinhalese) Dewa (surname not given), villager:

"We haven''t seen this kind of flooding in the last fifty years. This is the first time that overnight rains have caused the flood waters to rise so much. First the people were suffering from the tsunami, and now they''re suffering from these floods."

8. Save the Children vehicle

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Irene Fraser, Scottish aid worker, Save the Children:

"I think I mean, lots of areas are now inaccessible just because of the situation with the roads in terms of relief items and things getting in. It''s going to be quite difficult for vehicles and it creates frustrations. Yeah, and it''s been another calamity that we weren''t expecting yesterday."

10. Save the Children car driving away down flooded road


11. Various of food being distributed at refugee centre and being served

12. SOUNDBITE (Sinhalese) Karuna Samarewera, at refugee centre:

"If the flood waters keep on rising, then the death toll will rise of course, that''s what we''re worried about."

13. Displaced girl eating food with her fingers

14. Various of lorry driving in flooded road

15. Rain and a small shack which is half flooded

16. Water from flash flood rushing under bridge

17. Various tracking shots, shot through a car window of the flooded roadside


18. Martin Dawes, UNICEF (United Nations Children''s Fund) spokesman in Colombo, leafing through documents

19. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Dawes, UNICEF spokesman:

"Well, the flash flooding has certainly stopped temporarily. Some medical kits we were sending to hospitals in a badly affected area, and I know other aid has been temporarily stopped. More importantly perhaps in the immediate term is that many people who had started to go back to their homes which were damaged have now gone back to camps where they can get aid and they know they will get shelter. This means that there are many more people in bad conditions, unsanitary conditions, and we are going to have to work with the government to get some latrines dug."


20. Tracking shot taken from car window of flooded countryside


Flash floods in eastern Sri Lanka on Saturday hampered relief efforts and forced the evacuation of 2,000 people already affected by a tsunami that killed almost 29,000 people along the country''s coast.

Rains subsided late Saturday and flood waters were receding in some places.

Officials said they ordered the evacuation of people from low-lying areas.

Several roads leading to the eastern town of Ampara, one of the worst hit by the tsunami, were inundated.

In some cases, the rain prevented or delayed trucks carrying relief goods, said Neville Wijesinghe, a senior police officer.

While the main roads were usable late in the day, Wijesinghe said there remained patches where the water had yet to drain out.

"It''s going to be quite difficult for vehicles and it creates frustrations," said Irene Fraser, a Scottish aid worker with Save the Children.

In Colombo a spokesman for the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) said the priority now was to to provide sanitation for the homeless.

Sri Lankan authorities put the nationwide tsunami death toll at almost 29,000 on Saturday.

The National Disaster Management Centre said 16,525 people were injured and 5,240 remained missing.

Nearly one million people have been displaced and are living in 770 temporary camps in schools and religious places.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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Locations: Sri Lanka, Colombo, South Asia, Asia
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Sweden Mourning
Summary: Day of mourning, church service
Story No: 438117
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/01/2005 02:01 PM
People: :Carl XVI Gustaf


Stockholm - 01 January 2005

1. Wide of frosty Stockholm

2. Swedish flags flying at half mast

3. Stockholm Castle with flag at half mast

4. Swedish flag

5. Exterior Storkyrkan, main church in Stockholm

6. Various church service

7. Candles

8. Various of Bishop Caroline Krook, Bishop of Stockholm celebrating mass

9. Wide interior church

10. Various people lighting candles

11. SOUNDBITE (Swedish) Bishop of Stockholm Caroline Krook (asked what her message is for the Swedish people)

"(That they should) find comfort in Jesus, to be God''s hands on earth and to comfort each other."

Uppsala, 70 kilometres north of Stockholm - 31 December 2004

12. Set up of Christer Akesson outside church

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Christer Akesson, Lutheran Appeal:

"The response have been overwhelming, people have been calling us, approaching us, asking us how they can contribute, what they can do to help. I am hoping we will get something around 1 million USD in collections this Sunday.

14. SOUNDBITE (Swedish) Christer Akesson, Lutheran Appeal:

"The response have been fantastic. More than what we''ve seen ever. And I think that in the collections in churches on New Years Day, we may be able to raise between three to five million kronor (approximately 1 million USD). That is my estimation"

Stockholm, 01 January 2005

15. Various of church service

16. Various of collection being taken

17. Various of candles being lit


Sweden greeted the new year with a national day of mourning on Saturday, to honour its 3,500 citizens still missing in Thailand in the wake of the tsunami disaster that left more than 150,000 dead.

Across the nation, flags flew at half-mast on top of government buildings and special services were held in the country''s churches.

At Stockholm''s main church, a mass was held bringing together the Swedish, German and Finnish churches to remember those affected by the catastrophe.

The collection from the church services over the weekend will all go the Lutheran Appeal which in conjunction with Actions by Churches Together, an umbrella organisation for Christian charities is sending emergency relief to Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India.

The director of the charity, Christer Akesson, said he had been overwhelmed by the response of ordinary Swedes wanting to help in some way.

Akesson said he expected to raise over 1 (m) million US dollars from the weekend''s collection.

While dozens of countries lost citizens to the devastating flood waves, Sweden was the Western nation hardest hit.

As the country braces for what the government said may be the worst disaster in its history, firework displays across the Nordics were cancelled on Friday

night and celebrations were subdued, police said.

The Thai tourist resorts hit hardest by the devastating tsunamis, like Phuket and Khao Lak, were winter havens for thousands of Swedes seeking to escape the frigid Scandinavian temperatures for a warmer Christmas.

The government estimates that more than 20,000 Swedish tourists were in Thailand when the tidal wave struck.

So far, 59 have been confirmed dead with 3,559 still missing, the final death toll is widely expected to be in the thousands.

Public broadcaster SVT planned a two-hour telethon on Saturday night, with both Persson and King Carl XVI Gustaf scheduled to make pleas for gifts, along with several top Swedish artists.

The Swedish Red Cross has already received donations totalling more than 50 million kronor (US$7.5 million) this week, it said Friday, including 16 million kronor (US$2.4 million) in online donations.

Normally, the aid organisation receives about 400,000 kronor (US$60,000) a year through the Internet.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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Subjects: Accidents and disasters, Lutheranism, Natural disasters, General news, Protestantism, Christianity, Religion, Social affairs
People: :Carl XVI Gustaf
Locations: Sweden, Stockholm, Thailand, European Union, Europe, Sweden, Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Asia
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US Fundraiser
Summary: Clintons attend fundraising event for tsunami victims
Story No: 438070
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/31/2004 10:27 PM
People: Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton


1. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive at New York Buddhist Vihara temple in Queens district and he is greeted by man

2. Bill Clinton greets the chief monk, Kurunegoda Piyatissa

3. Wide shot with Clintons, Piyatissa and other monks

4. Close up of Hillary Rodham Clinton talking to monks

5. Wide shot of Clintons talking to monks

6. Workers load boxes of clothes and food onto truck

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Senator

"The emphasis here is on Sri Lanka, which suffered so terribly, because of the loss of life and destruction of property throughout the island nation. Obviously we are concerned about how to support this relief effort. It is very heartwarming to see the outpouring of effort by the people here at the temple."

8. Monks listening to Mrs. Clinton

9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Bill Clinton, Former US President

"I think that there are millions and millions of Americans who want to make a contribution to this effort, and the one thing I would like to say here is: If you give clothes here to the temple, or money, or any other supplies, they have a network in Sri Lanka. They can deliver directly to the people most in need, through the network of the temples there. And I think that is very important and as you can see from the mammoth amount of work all those volunteers have been doing around the clock and inside there to pack boxes that totally fill the building, they have done that."

10. Pan of workers loading boxes onto truck

11. Wide shot of workers loading boxes onto truck

12. Wide shot of temple with pile of clothes ready to be packed into boxes

13. Medium shot of worker loading carton of water bottles onto truck

14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kurunegoda Piyatissa, Chief Buddhist Monk, North American Region:

"Oh it may take long time, because, 700-thousand houses were completely damaged down. So to come to recovery, they need much money and much help. So we are trying to help them as much as we can."

15. People handing clothes to add to big pile


Former US President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton toured a Sri Lankan Buddhist temple in New York on Friday to show their support for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

The Clintons met the Venerable Pandit, Kurunegoda Piyatissa, who is the chief monk for the north American region, and lives at the temple, the New York Buddhist Vihara.

Piyatissa had just returned from Sri Lanka on Friday morning.

He was unable to travel to the devastated areas, but said approximately 700-thousand homes on the island nation were destroyed.

The Clintons also chatted with volunteers packing donated supplies for tsunami victims in Sri Lanka, to be distributed by the Buddhist temples in

Those supplies were loaded onto a truck ready to go to the stricken nation.

In addition to food, water and clothes, the temple also hopes to ship beds, wheelchairs and medicine to those in need.

The supplies are to be shipped by sea, and may take a month to arrive in Sri Lanka.

The Clintons pledged their support for the relief effort mounted by the temple and said they were confident of the generosity of the American people.

Hillary Clinton said officials were working on arranging air transportation for the most critical items, such as medical supplies.

The latest figures from Sri Lanka put the death toll there at 28,551.

Across the region, the tsunami death toll was at least 121,562.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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People: Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton
Locations: Sri Lanka, New York, South Asia, Asia, United States, North America
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India Islands 2
Summary: Relief in Port Blair, aerials, evacuation of residents
Story No: 437974
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/30/2004 07:37 PM


Port Blair, Andaman Islands - 30 Dec 2004

1. Aerial over group of small islands

2. Aerials showing thick forest cover over islands

3. Indian air force rescue plane

4. Various of air force personnel loading relief material into plane

5. Various of relief officials preparing lists of dead and the survivors

6. Various of people displaced from other islands at relief camp

7. Close up shot tribal woman at camp

8. Various of people at camp rummaging through pile of clothes

9. Cooking pots

10. SOUNDBITE: (Hindi ) Female Survivor, Nicobar Island:

"We will go wherever the (Indian) government wants us to go. What will we eat if we stay here? How will we earn a living in the Andamans? We cannot stay here....we are living in fear."

11. SOUNDBITE: (Hindi ) Male Survivor, Nicobar Island:

"We survived on our supply of rice and coconut water. We cooked the rice in sea water....what could we have done ? There was no other way to survive. If we had not been rescued by the navy and brought here, we would have certainly died."

12. Various of Indian navy ship INS Rajput at sea, carrying hundreds of people evacuated from remote islands

13. Various of people on ship

14. Various of people getting down from the ship

15. Rescue workers carrying injured man on stretcher

16. Wide shot ship

Campbell Bay, Nicobar Islands - 29 Dec 2004

17. Flooded houses

18. Pan over debris of destroyed houses

19. Woman sorting her belongings

20. Women and children running towards air force plane

21. Various of locals boarding plane

22. Wide of plane of tarmac


Car Nicobar, Nicobar Islands - December 30th 2004

23. Various of locals boarding aircraft, mostly women and children

24. Various of injured being put into ambulances

25. Wide of people waiting to be evacuated

26. Close up men waiting


Rescuers on Thursday followed the stench of death to find rotting bodies in jungles on the remote territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands southeast of India''s mainland.

About 350-thousand people live on about 30 of the islands.

Helicopters took off from 10 ships patrolling the vicinity of the islands, carrying out intensive reconnaissance sorties for any signs of life, or mounds of dead, but it was difficult to see through the thick foliage.

Six Russian-made AN-32 Air Force planes conducted dozens of sorties from Port Blair to the air base on Car Nicobar to pick up the 80 to 90 villagers on each flight.

According to the International Red Cross, 30-thousand people may be missing on the remote island chains in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean.

More than 50 aftershocks have struck since Sunday''s 9.0 magnitude temblor and subsequent tsunamis along the coastlines of 11 Asian nations.

People of the Andaman and Nicobar islands tell harrowing tales of fending off starvation as they manage to survive the the

towering tsunami.

Just how many villages and families remain is unclear.

The administrator for the islands, Lt. Gov. Ram Kapse, said some 400 bodies had been cremated or buried and that 3-thousand were still missing.

Island authorities have so far barred representatives of international aid groups such as Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders and CARE from going to the islands.

At makeshift refugee centres, hundreds of those who lost their homes to the tsunami have taken shelter.

Thousands others are being ferried by ships and planes to Port Blair, the capital of the Indian territory.

In many islands, the tribal residents maintain little contact with the outer world, disappearing into the forest when strangers approach their lands. Authorities hope that is the case this time, as well.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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Subjects: Evacuations, Accidents and disasters, Occupational accidents, Disaster planning and response, General news, Workplace safety, Personnel, Corporate news, Business
Locations: India, South Asia, Asia
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Indonesia Aceh
Summary: Small village destroyed, displaced, UN aid
Story No: 437998
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/31/2004 10:29 AM



Banda Aceh, Indonesia - 31 December 2004

1. Various of displaced families sitting in camp in Lambaro (area in Banda Aceh) and cooking

2. Stove and kettles

3. Refugees sitting under tarpaulins

4. Woman sitting with baby in cradle

5. Baby in cradle

6. Pan of displaced families in camp

7. Man with mask over nose and mouth

8. SOUNDBITE: (Bahasa Indonesia) Maryanto, displaced man:

"Three of my family have died and we were unable to be evacuated. What I can see is only the bodies (of family) lying there and I wished that someone would have evacuated them."

9. Various of women washing clothes

10. SOUNDBITE: (Bahasa Indonesia) Maryanto, displaced man:

"The reason why I am staying here in the camp is because we''ve heard that the tsunami will come again. And secondly, we don''t know where to go because we don''t have anything left."

11. Pan of camp with tents and families


Lho Nga (Aceh Province), Indonesia - 31 December 2004

12. Various of landscape with damage and debris

13. Various of cracked, warped landscape

14. Mother sitting on kerb with baby

15. SOUNDBITE: (Bahasa Indonesia) Maryani, displaced mother:

"I want to go to a town called Lhokseumawe because my brother and my mother-in-law live there, to be able to save the baby."

16. Maryani and others sitting on curb

17. Washed-out bridge

18. People standing on one side of bridge

19. People using boat to cross waterway

20. Soldiers at bridge

21. Petrol station

22. Petrol pump covered in dried debris

23. Various of people looting petrol


Unknown location - 30 December 2004

24. Various of people loading boxes marked "UNICEF" and filled with aid

25. Man wheeling boxes into warehouse


The first US military cargo aid plane arrived in the hard-hit Indonesian city of Banda Aceh on Friday, five days after fatal tsunamis wiped out much of the surrounding Aceh province.

But getting the aid to those who need it has proved to be a logistical nightmare.

Increasingly frustrated families who lost homes and loved ones huddled in makeshift tents awaiting trucks bearing food and water.

The United Nations children''s body, UNICEF, said emergency supplies of medicines, tarpaulins and hygiene kits to support 200,000 people were headed for Aceh.

Dozens of families have established a tent village along the main road leading into Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

Having made it through the worst natural disaster to hit this region in decades, the thousands of displaced people are now trying to just make it through each day.

Banda Aceh remains shattered.

Rotting bodies and piles of debris continue to clutter the streets, with the local government in disarray.

Officials are burying corpses by the truckload, but say they are overwhelmed by the numbers and lack the manpower to dig them all out and transport them to mass graves.

Nearby villages are also devastated, including Lho Nga, 24 kilometres (15 miles) west of Banda Aceh.

The road into Lho Nga has been cut off, leaving the village isolated.

In Jakarta, the government has put the death toll on Sumatra at roughly 80,000.

Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami

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Locations: Aceh, Indonesia, Sumatra, Southeast Asia, Asia
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