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Old 01-05-2005, 06:26 AM   #226
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Another Acheh man was found survived today by Malaysians!
wow 8 days at sea clinging to a coconut tree!!! Amazing!

SAVED: Second sea rescue of tsunami survivor
By Jason Gerald

KLANG, JAN 4:
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Even in a season of remarkable survival stories, a tale of floating on tree branches and debris for nine days and surviving on rainwater may sound unbelievable.
But that is what happened to Rizal Shaputra, an Indonesian man swept into the Indian Ocean after the Dec 26 tsunami lashed his Aceh home.

He was rescued by a container ship yesterday evening.

The crew of the Durban Bridge that was returning to Malaysia from South Africa spotted him about 100 nautical miles from the shores of Aceh.

"It was certainly a miracle that he survived," said a shipping official. Rizal, who subsisted mainly on rainwater, was weak and in shock. He is reported to be in a stable condition.

When the ship berths at Northport early tomorrow morning, he will be rushed to hospital. This was the second rescue of a victim of the tsunami reported here in recent days. On Friday, a Malaysian tuna boat found an Indonesian woman who had held on to a coconut tree trunk for five days in the Indian Ocean after the tsunami swept her out to sea. Malawati, 23, arrived yesterday in Penang, where she is hospitalised. She had been bitten by fish and was traumatised by the ordeal.
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Old 01-05-2005, 11:31 AM   #227
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I'm just back at work for the first time since the holidays and my office mate knows 5 Americans from here who are missing. There is something fishy about how the missing Americans are being reported (or, rather, not reported). There's hardly anything about it and statistically it doesn't make since that so few Americans are missing. And why isn't there a database set up yet so people can search for the missing here (or if there is I haven't found it yet)? I believe there is one set up in Britain, for example, and there was one here almost immediately after 9/11. I hate to be so cynical but I have a feeling the American casualties could be higher than 9/11 and perhaps the Bush administration is a little freaked out that a natural catastrophe that happened in another part of the world might eclipse the 9/11 coattails he's been riding on. I know, horribly cynical...I hope I'm very wrong.
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Joyfulgirl: I know what you mean, or at least i think. My view is, people are people, who cares if they're American or not.
Maybe that's not what what you were trying to say....i dont know.
I have a friend whose mom is from Indonesia (and he, at least, has lived there too). I wrote him an email asking if he was okay, but...no response yet.
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Old 01-05-2005, 06:46 PM   #229
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My view is, people are people, who cares if they're American or not.
Maybe that's not what what you were trying to say....i dont know.
Not quite what I was trying to say but I agree with you. I don't know exactly what I was trying to say, actually, lol...but here in America the media tends to make everything about America and so when there is sketchy information about American loss of life it just feels...weird.

Anyway, I just got an email from a writer I worked with last year who spends the winters in Thailand and I was worried about him, but he is safe in the north and his wife has gone down south to help in the crisis. I hope you hear from your friend soon, Penny.
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One of my teachers at the studio just came back from Cambodia last night. The part of the country he was in wasn't hurt, but they also didn't have TV's or any other kind of media so they couldn't pick up much news. They heard about the tsunami, of course, and the tragic news about the many deaths. But there were no deaths in the area and all of his friends are OK.
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Old 01-05-2005, 06:54 PM   #231
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Not quite what I was trying to say but I agree with you. I don't know exactly what I was trying to say, actually, lol...but here in America the media tends to make everything about America and so when there is sketchy information about American loss of life it just feels...weird.

Anyway, I just got an email from a writer I worked with last year who spends the winters in Thailand and I was worried about him, but he is safe in the north and his wife has gone down south to help in the crisis. I hope you hear from your friend soon, Penny.
It's because details are sketchy. We have three lists here in Australia;

Dead (17 as of today)
Missing (Another 20 or so)
Unaccounted For (500 or so)

There's a difference between 'missing' ("we saw him get pulled under the water and haven't seen him since") and unaccounted for ("He hasn't called home in 2 weeks and we think he was in that town").

I think they are trying to not freak out about massive casualties, when it may or may not be the case.
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Old 01-05-2005, 09:34 PM   #232
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I also think they are waiting to confirm deaths before they announced number of dead. The problem is that at this point they are so busy just collecting bodies they don't have access to records yet to confirm if this is the dead person they think it is.

Amazing. I've been reading some of the stories on here and it still blows me away. The death and destruction is so widespread and it's not like 9/11. You can't blame someone or go to war with someone in retaliation.
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Old 01-06-2005, 01:32 PM   #233
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joyfulgirl....

If you read the New York Post they had a story in last Friday's edition about online sites set up to help desperate familes, American and otherwise. It was on the bottom of page 3. I can't remember all the addy's listed in the article but on of them was www.p-h-u-k-e-t.com. There were a couple more. You can go to the NewYorkPost.com and contact someone at that site for the article. The story also mentioned at least 2 "online morgues" where people could identify the dead?!?! (Tastefully, and thankfully, that address was not given.)

I'm sure if you get on the site I mentioned above there are links to others.

If you are searching for someone God bless you and I hope "you find what (whom) you're looking for."
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Old 01-06-2005, 01:35 PM   #234
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Wow, the link works? No other links on the homepage. but the Forums work. Hope this helps anyone who needs it. I know it's for Phuket, but I'm sure Westerners use this site to look in other places as well.

I think in the Forums you can ask and if there is any word on a US database, it would be there.
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The asia earthquake was a great tragedy and it's great the world is coming together to help out, but does anyone else find it sad that it takes a world disaster to bring people together like this?
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lankan authorities are investigating an alleged attempt to sell two children orphaned by last month's tsunami, a police officer said Wednesday.

A 60-year-old man tried to sell the children, ages 12 and 13, in Balapitiya, near the hard-hit southern city of Galle, said police officer W.D.T. Wijesena. Police were tipped off of the sale and arrested the man on Tuesday, he said.

The suspect was released on bail, Wijesena said. He didn't give details about the suspect or the attempted sale, and said the authorities were still investigating the case.

The fate of the children was not immediately clear.

The children are among scores who lost their parents in the Dec. 26 tsunami that killed about 31,000 people in this island country.

The United Nations and international aid agencies have expressed concerned that child traffickers could take advantage of the situation and try to sell orphans into forced labor or the sex trade.

Sri Lanka, like neighboring India, has strict rules on adoption, and has said it will not change those regulations despite the tsunami.
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My church collected over $10,000 last weekend for tsunami relief. I just thought that was pretty cool
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This is a link to an article about the malaria threat to the tsunami survivors.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6754820/
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We also had a fund-raiser for the tsunami victims at my church, I don't have any figures right now as it was part of a diocese-wide collection for Catholic Relief Services. I think the figures will be in next week's bulletin. The diocese had already sent $50,000, this collection should be much bigger.
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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - The global death toll from the Asian tsunami shot above 226,000 Wednesday after Indonesia's Health Ministry confirmed the deaths of tens of thousands of people previously listed as missing.
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