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Tue 28 Dec 2004

Tsunami sea surges kill thousands in the Bay of Bengal

Category : envt

"More than 7,000 people have been killed across southern Asia in massive sea surges triggered by the strongest earthquake in the world for 40 years [that occured this morning]. The 8.9 magnitude quake struck under the sea near Aceh in north Indonesia, generating a wall of water that sped across thousands of kilometres of sea. More than 3,225 died in Sri Lanka, 2,200 in Indonesia and 2,000 in India." - BBC News

See the special news coverage on the BBC at Asia Quake Disaster and read accounts by Malaysians at Petaling Street and Screenshots.

Update - "Some information on contributing to help" - originally extracted from Jimmy Liew's Cynics.info.

Relatives or friends of Singaporeans who are in the affected areas can call the MFA Duty Office at 6332-0000 to register their contact details.

[How to help 1/3] The Singapore Red Cross Society has launched a public appeal to help victims of the Bay of Bengal earthquake and tsumami waves.

As an immediate response, the Singapore Red Cross will be sending (S$150,000) to Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Singapore Red Cross is in touch with these and national societies of all affected countries to determine what assistance is required to assist the victims.

The Singapore Red Cross hopes to raise S$1,000,000. The money donated to this emergency appeal will be used to fund purchases and direct delivery of emergency items like medicine and first aid, food parcels and other relief supplies for the displaced and homeless victims.

The public can send their donations by cheque to the 'Singapore Red Cross Society.' Indicate behind the cheque 'Tidal Waves Asia'. Include your name, address and tel number as a receipt will be sent to you.

Post the cheque to: The Singapore Red Cross, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486
Or in person to the Red Cross House @ 15 Penang Lane, between 9.30 am - 5.45 pm on weekdays and 9.30 am - noon on Saturdays [link].

[How to help 2/3] Ananda Travel & Sri Lankan Airlines are appealing for donations to be airlifted to Sri Lanka. Those interested can send the donations to:
133 Cecil Street, #13-02 Keck Seng Tower, Singapore 069535
or 36 Robinson Road, #01-01 City House, Singapore 068877.

[How to help 3/3] Singapore Sinhala Association's Sri Lanka Tsunami Disaster Relief.

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