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Old 01-03-2005, 12:19 AM   #211
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the reasons might be

1) indian security issues - bases of indian army et al
2) only yesterday there was another earthquake at andaman nicobar island - scale 5.9
3) tribal areas in india has generally restricted access
4) indian govt thinks it can manage the aid in nicobar on its own.

etc etc

well i am not sure , these are possible reasons.

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Old 01-03-2005, 04:27 AM   #212
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from BBC

"Much of the Andamans is off-limits to foreigners because of security concerns and to protect aboriginal tribes from outside influences."
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:37 AM   #213
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These three photos are courtesy of Oziwee who said

"My other friend got it just before the wave got worse...
it happened in Gurney Drive, Penang, Malaysia"
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:38 AM   #214
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Old 01-03-2005, 05:39 AM   #215
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Thanks Oziwee, thank you for sharing. Take care
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:17 PM   #217
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Ah, Gurney Drive. One of the most famous places in Malaysia for good food, before the tsunami.

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Old 01-03-2005, 04:28 PM   #218
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I've been wondering about this. How is money going to be distributed? I assume they give out money packets. How then is it regulated, and made sure that no one comes back for seconds, or thirds... Surely they have lost their identity cards, and tattoos won't do. How will they keep track of each family hence and keep handing out supplies?

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Are they giving out money? I thought they were distributing supplies
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:48 PM   #220
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Ok, money or supplies. How do you regulate such a thing?
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I really dont know. I think in the first instance the aid workers attempt to get the supplies to the nurses to distribute but sometimes they are just throwing supplies out of a helicopter so its survival of the fittest for a little while. Not very fair but its the fastest way.
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i don't think they're handong out cash, if that's what you mean. as far as i know, the aid organizations are using the monetary donations to purchas food, blankets, water purification, etc. which is then handed out to the affected. but i can't imagine them just tossing out cash.
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Old 01-04-2005, 06:32 AM   #223
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Hello Friends!
Thanks Beli...you take care too!

I am soo sad for the Acheh people..almost 88% of Acheh and the people are wiped out. What worries me the most is the childrens especially orphaned ones! There have been wave of reports that these childrens are kidnapped and taken for prostitution, sold to couples and some are killed because they wanted to harvest their organs!!!
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HONG KONG (AFP) - A woman rescued after five days adrift at sea, children miraculously emerging from the wreckage intact, and some ingenious tales of escape: Asia's tsunami disaster has spawned remarkable stories of survival.

Amid the chaos and misery wrought by the tumultuous waves that shattered the lives of millions of people last week, heart-wrenching cases continue to surface from the devastation.

But they are few and far between, with nearly 150,000 dead and countless more missing.

In one rare success story that stunned rescue workers, Anthony Praveen, 8, opened his eyes and sat up as grave differs were about to bury him in the southern Indian town of Velankanni.

He was in a stupor among a pile of corpses taken from a morgue to be buried at a beach grave and only managed to communicate in the nick of time, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported from the town.

Elsewhere, a Malaysian fishing boat rescued an Acehnese woman who had been drifting in the Indian Ocean for five days after being washed away by the force of waves.

Housewife Malawati, 23, was found floating alive Friday not far from the shores of Indonesia's Aceh, the area hardest hit by the December 26 disaster, a Malaysian International Tuna Port official told Bernama news agency.

The woman, sun-burnt and suffering fish bites, was clinging to an uprooted palm trunk which had clusters of fruit on it, helping her get through the ordeal.

"From initial information received from the crew, the woman, with leg injuries, is safe," the official said.

Another amazing tale of survival involved six-year-old Zoe Shiu, who escaped the tragedy that ravaged Thailand's western coast by clinging to a large floating sofa cushion.

The little girl, who has US and Thai passports, was playing in the swimming pool of the Sofitel Magic Lagoon resort in Khao Lak north of Phuket when the onrushing water swept the Andaman coast.

She clung on to the cushion which eventually led her to an overturned boat that a hotel maid was also heading to. The two managed to turn over the boat and got in safely.

The plucky girl is the only one in her family known to have survived and has been flown to Singapore to recover with an aunt, Singapore news reports said.

Tens of thousands of children were killed in the horror of that day, too small and too weak to run or hold onto trees or debris, which makes new-born S. Tulasi extremely lucky to have survived.

The 20-day-old baby was sleeping on a mattress which floated her to safety after Malaysia's Penang island was hit by walls of water, local media reported.

Her mother Annal Mary fought her way through the swirling waters to the room where the baby was sleeping.

"Thank God the mattress was floating in about 1.5 metres (5 feet) of water and my baby was crying," said Suppiah.

Almash Javeed, 10, was found emaciated and barely able to speak after spending four days in the forests of the Andaman Islands after fleeing the chaos that left her an orphan.

"The little girl escaped to the forests and hid there for four days ... She had nothing to eat and little water to drink," MP Manooranjan Bhakta told AFP.

"And then in that condition with great difficulty she along with some other survivors reached Nancouri. She was almost dead."

Badly bruised 13-year-old Meghna Rajshekhar was found alive after drifting at sea on a door for two days.

Meghna was discovered walking in a daze along a beach after clinging to the piece of wood when giant waves swept her, her family and dozens of others off the Indian Ocean's Car Nicobar island.

"This was a miracle in the midst of the disaster the tsunami wrought," the commander of the air base station on Nicobar V.V. Bandhopadhyay said.

Just as remarkable were the tales told by dazed survivors, who dug into their deepest pockets of resolve to beat the odds and live to see another day.

Quick-thinking prevented certain death for Briton Stephen Boulton and his family who were holidaying in the sun-kissed Maldives when disaster struck.

He used the only thing at his disposal -- beach towels -- to save his wife wife Ray, 33, and their children, ages 12, four and 18 months, wading through swirling water to a palm tree where they climbed and tied themselves on.

Anna Serafino, who lives part of the year in Patong, Phuket in Thailand, grabbed a motorcycle and accelerated away seconds before the waves smashed into the village.

"I felt the ground tremble and I got out of my house as quickly as I could," she said. "I grabbed by bike and headed for the hills. I'd hardly reached high ground when I saw a wave three or four meters (nine to 12 feet) high crash down on the village."

When she returned, she found everything destroyed with bodies "floating like dead fishes".
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I saw that on the news. Absolutely amazing. Nice to see that there are still survivor stories coming out.
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