Quarta-feira, 29 de Dezembro de 2004
Earthquake and Tsunami Situation in The Western Coast of Thailand
via: Ecletico e Grande Loja do Queijo Limiano Mais um site onde constam os hospitalizados em Phuket Thalang e Patong, bem como os falecidos nestes hospitais.dinsormai.com, clicar onde diz NAME SEARCH, dado que a maior parte dos outros links estão em tailandês.e também em:disaster (apesar de ser difícil entrar neste)

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Terça-feira, 28 de Dezembro de 2004
ASIAN QUAKE - MISSING PERSONS
Mais alguns links de interesse, para quem tem conhecidos desaparecidos nesta catástrofe.A BBC, tem o seguinte:Thousands of people are still missing and millions are homeless following the Asia earthquake that has seen the death toll reach tens of thousands. Huge waves triggered by the worst earthquake in 40 years have devastated large parts of South and South East Asia. The BBC News website has received many messages from people eager to find out about the whereabouts of families and friends who live in or are visiting the region. Can you help? Or, have you lost contact with someone in the region?Missing in THAILANDMissing in SRI LANKAMissing in INDIAMissing in MALDIVES(esta informação foi obtida via Arcabuz e tem de ser dedicada a todos os imbecis convencidos de que são intelectuais que criticam quem tenta ajudar, uns de uma forma, outros de outra)Também o site da Sky News tem algo semelhante:QUAKE: YOUR MESSAGES

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RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT LAUNCHES APPEAL FOR VICTIMS OF EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMIS
in: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesRed Cross Red Crescent launches appeal for victims of the Bay of Bengal earthquake and tsunamis26 December 2004The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched a preliminary appeal for 7.5 million Swiss francs to assist some 500,000 people and bring immediate support to relief operations of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and other countries in the region after the strongest earthquake in 40 years caused massive tidal waves, killing at least 6,000 people, according to local authorities, and leaving more than one million displaced and homeless. The number of injured is still not known. One million Swiss francs were released earlier today from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund.Locally, Red Cross teams in Sri Lanka and India have helped evacuate survivors, dispensed first aid and provided emergency relief materials, such as tents and blankets, as well as food. The International Federation will send medical supplies for 100,000 people into Sri Lanka, the country hardest hit by the disaster, tomorrow, from Copenhagen, Denmark. Additionally medicines to treat up to 2,000 possible cases of diarrheal disease will also be part of the shipment. “The biggest health challenges we are facing is the spread of waterborne diseases, particularly malaria and diarrhea, as well as respiratory tract infections,” explains Hakan Sandbladh, Senior Health Officer at the Federation’s Secretariat in Geneva. “We are particularly concerned about initial reports of destruction of hospitals and other health infrastructures in Sri Lanka.”A field assessment and coordination team will also be sent to Sri Lanka in the coming hours and several Emergency response units, specialized in water and sanitation, relief coordination as well as field hospitals are on standby to be sent in, according to needs. According to the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, there is relatively little damage reported so far in the coastal areas, and thankfully, no deaths or injuries, but the situation is being closely monitored. With telecommunications lines down or saturated, there is still a scarcity of information from certain countries. “Basic needs for victims of the disaster are shelter, tents, blankets, clean water, food and family utensils and mosquito nets. An important part of the operation will also be tracing lost relatives,” notes Simon Missiri, head of the Federation’s Asia Pacific Department in Geneva. “This preliminary appeal will be revised as precise needs are evaluated.”For further information, or to set up interviews, please contact: For further information, or to set up interviews (ISDN line available), please contact:Marie-Françoise Borel, Press Officer Tel: + 41 22 730 43 46 / + 41 79 416 38 81The Geneva-based International Federation promotes the humanitarian activities of 181 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies among vulnerable people. By coordinating international disaster relief and encouraging development support, it seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering. The Federation, National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross together, constitute the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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APOIO ÀS VÍTIMAS DO SIMO E DO TSUNAMI
Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa APOIO ÀS VÍTIMAS DO ABALO SÍSMICO E DO TSUNAMI BANCO BPI NIB 0010 0000 137 222 70009 70Conta nº: 1-1372227000009Por razões que se prendem com distâncias, questões logísticas e temporais, a Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa decidiu, em estreita consulta com os seus órgãos internacionais e à semelhança das suas congéneres europeias, lançar um apelo de emergência em numerário em Portugal.O apelo de emergência preliminar procura assistir cerca de 500.000 pessoas por um período de 6 meses. Dos 4.852.932 Euros que o apelo pretende atingir para apoiar as vítimas do terramoto e tsunami, já foram libertados do Fundo de Emergência da Federação Internacional da Cruz Vermelha e do Crescente Vermelho 650.000 Euros.mapasismo.jpgA situaçãoO terramoto medindo cerca de 8.9 na escala de Richter assolou a área ao largo da costa ocidental do norte da ilha de Sumatra no domingo de manhã, dia 26 de Dezembro de 2004 às 7.59 horas locais, criando enormes ondas ou tsunamis (algumas com 10 metros de altura) que varreram as aldeias costeiras e estâncias turísticas ao largo da costa.De acordo com o Centro Nacional de Informação de Pesquisa Geológica e Sísmica dos Estados Unidos (United States Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center), o epicentro do sismo foi localizado a 3.30 N, 95.78 E a uma profundidade de 10 km (ver mapa). Esta área é historicamente propensa a actividade sísmica devido à sua localização nas margens das placa tectónicas (conhecidas no Oceano Pacífico como “Círculo de Fogo”). Os relatórios iniciais indicam que o Sri Lanka, a província indonésia de Aceh, 4 estados do sul da Índia, as Maldivas, áreas costeiras da Tailândia, Malásia e Myanmar foram os mais afectados, com mais de 20 mil mortos, milhares de pessoas evacuadas ou à espera de evacuação. O número de mortos deverá aumentar à medida que mais informação chegue das avaliações conduzidas no terreno. As linhas de telefone e comunicações estão cortadas, o que limita informação detalhada. Dada a combinação do impacto de um dos mais poderosos tremores de terra em 40 anos com a natureza destrutiva de um tsunami, a Federação Internacional da Cruz Vermelha e do Crescente antecipa a necessidade imediata de responder a uma grande operação de coordenação, estando por isso a lançar um Apelo de Emergência Preliminar para apoiar e assistir actividades das cruzes vermelhas dos países afectados, com particular ênfase no Sri Lanka, Índia e Maldivas. AS NECESSIDADESBaseada nos relatórios preliminares da delegação regional, a Federação Internacional da Cruz Vermelha e do Crescente Vermelho antecipa necessidades de socorro massivas para um período aproximado de 2/3 semanas, com consideráveis necessidades de reabilitação a longo prazo. Cerca 650.000 Euros já foram libertados do Fundo de Desastres da Federação para apoiar a assistência e actividades de socorro iniciais. Estes fundos permitirão iniciar imediatamente as actividades de emergência. As cruzes vermelhas destes países afectados estão já a concentrar-se em actividades de busca e socorro e tratamento de feridos.Contactos:Departamento Internacional (Tel. 217 822 419)Gabinete de Comunicação, Imagem e Relações Públicas (Tel. 217 822 406)

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UCRÂNIA
yuschenko2.gifViktor Yuschenko é o novo presidente da Ucrânia, eleito com mais de 52% dos votos.O candidato vencido afirma não aceitar os resultados e que os irá contestar em todas as instâncias possíveis. Vamos ver se a instabilidade chegou ao fim ou se será mantida...De realçar nas palavras do presidente recém-eleito a frase, "A Ucrânia já era independente há alguns anos, mas a partir de agora será livre".Uma palavra especial para a comunidade ucraniana em Portugal que deu uma prova de grande civismo ao deslocar-se de todo o país até Lisboa para votar massivamente. Estão também de parabéns!


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Segunda-feira, 27 de Dezembro de 2004
AMANHÃ - TORQUATO DA LUZ
Não me digam que espere, eu quero já.Cedo era ontem, amanhã é tarde.Capitão de navios que já não há,não vou deixar que o tempo me deserde. Portanto, agora!Hoje é que eu sou no gume da navalha.Todo o minuto de outra horaé a margem-viagem que me falha.Já é que eu sou – e não me peçam nadapara amanhã, que é tarde.Larguei todo o meu pano à madrugada,não vou deixar que o tempo me deserde.Torquato da Luz

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MALÁSIA - THE STAR ONLINE
via: thestaronlineMonday December 27, 2004At least 53 Malaysians killed by tidal wavesKUALA LUMPUR: At least 53 people were killed, scores injured and 34 reported missing in several parts of Malaysia when tidal waves of up to five metres high hit the coastal regions as a result an earthquake in Sumatra. Officials have described it as the worst natural disaster in Malaysia’s history. Penang was the worst hit, with 38 reported dead and 30 missing at press time. In Kedah, 12 more were reported dead and three missing, in Perak two dead and one missing and Selangor one dead. A Malaysian husband and wife were also reported killed while diving in the Emerald Cave off Thailand’s southern coast after a huge tsunami struck. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he felt sad about the lives that were lost in the disaster and extended his condolences to the bereaved families. He has asked Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop to give financial help to the victims. According to the Meteorological Services Department Seismology division, preliminary information showed the location of the earthquake's epicentre at Latitude 3.1° North and Longitude 95.5° East, some 680km from Kuala Lumpur and 590km from Penang. The first of the tidal waves, which hit the coastal areas at different times, was reported at about noon, about three hours after the tremors were felt in Malaysia. However, a Penang Meteorological Services spokesman said the waves could have hit Penang shores earlier, before 11am. Waves reaching 3m was reported at Batu Maung and between 2.4m and 3m at Batu Ferringhi. The spokesman said the waves could have gone above 4.6m, particularly at enclosed bay areas. Unconfirmed reports from the public said the waves at Langkawi had hit as high as 8m. The seawaters swept more than 150m inland, drowning boatmen, holidaymakers and other people in its path. Boats were capsized or tossed up onto the roads, and houses and other property destroyed. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also the National Disaster Relief and Management committee chairman, has ordered the evacuation of residents in the coastal areas of Penang and Kedah due to concern that tidal waves might recur. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting has directed Fire and Rescue Department officers to go all out to help in the rescue work and to be ready if the waves were to hit again. Earlier, between 9am and 9.30am, tremors lasting about one and two minutes were reported in all states except Malacca, Johor and Pahang. The tremors sent occupants of many high-rise buildings scurrying out in fear, while in other premises the people were told to leave. There was no report of any injury.

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Domingo, 26 de Dezembro de 2004
TAILÂNDIA - THE NATION
via: The NationSUMATRA EARTHQUAKE AFTERSHOCK: CATASTROPHEPublished on December 27, 2004 Asia casualties approach 10,000 as tidal waves wreak havoc n Hundreds dead in Thailand n Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi devastated Mother Nature’s greatest act of fury in half a century left Thai-land mourning massive casualties and the destruction of its southern islands and coastal areas after giant waves triggered by an earthquake in Indo-nesia swept away lives, property and an economy that took decades to build.tailandia.jpgThe quake set off tidal waves in a continent-wide ripple effect that swallowed up a large section of Asia’s coastal areas, including Thailand’s holiday resort island of Phuket and five other provinces, where at least 300 people are feared dead and thousands injured.The death toll is expected to rise.Eyewitnesses said tidal waves up to 10 metres high crashed down on seaside resorts, bungalows, beach-goers and tossed vehicles and property around like small toys.At least 44 bodies of foreign tourists were recovered in Phuket alone and authorities feared more would be discovered as rescue workers continue their search for survivors through the night.In Krabi, most of the nearly 50 fatalities brought to the provincial hospital were fetched from the water, apparently drowning deaths, while others were unable to withstand the force of the waves and died from the impact.The official death count for Thailand was just over 290 at the time of going press last night.Authorities in Phang Nga pro-vince reported the highest number of deaths - nearly 80 as of late last night. But that figure seems certain to grow. At the Yarn Yao Buddhist temple in Phang Nga, 102 corpses were laid out at the temple, according to Democrat MP Ju-rin Laksanavisit.Rescue workers said they saw scores of tourists from a capsized boat floating helplessly in the sea just off Koh Prathong in Phang Nga but were unable to fit any more people on their boat.Over 100 people were trapped for a time in the basement floor of the Ocean department store on Patong Beach. While most eventually made it to safety, two died during the ordeal, police said.In Bangkok, the government declared a state of emergency in Phuket and declared the area off limits to visitors. Prime Minister Thaksin Shina-watra left by helicopter last night to inspect the damage and held an emergency meeting with top officials in Phuket. Ambassadors from 21 countries were also scheduled to leave for the area last night to help with the evacuation of their nationals.Officials were trying to evacuate more than 600 tourists and residents from Kho Phi Phi, the tiny island made famous by the 2000 film “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.“I just couldn’t believe what was happening before my eyes,” Boree Carlsson told Reuters from a hotel 500 metres from Phuket’s Patong beach.“As I was standing there, a car actually floated into the lobby and overturned because the current was so strong,” said the 45-year-old Swede, who wrapped himself around a pillar to avoid being swept away.Swedish tourist Kjell Skold, who was in Phuket with his family, said the wave repeatedly hit his bungalow and took most of the things in the room with it.“It pushed us to the roof. Then the roof came off and we floated away,” Skold said.British tourist Paul Ramsbottom told the BBC there were several surges of the sea before the main tsunami struck.“It happened in cycles. There would be a surge and then it would retreat. And then there would be the next surge which was more violent,” he said.“And then it died for a little bit and then there was just one almighty surge. This was the one which was picking up trucks and motorcycles and throwing them around.”The fate of hundreds more tourists remained uncertain as communication with the scores of islands in the area, which are popular with foreign backpackers, was cut off by damage from the tidal waves.Across Asia, more than 6,600 people in coastal areas in the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea were killed by tidal waves caused by the earthquake. They also swept away a huge chunk of the region’s fishing industry and tourism spots that helped put it on the world’s travel map.Measured at 8.9 on the Richter scale with its epicentre near Sumatra island, the quake was the most powerful to occur in four decades.Thousands were left homeless in the Maldives, a popular destination for high-end tourists, while much of Burma’s lower coastal area, home to thousands of fishing trawlers, was also devastated.Television footage showed cars in Sumatra piled up on beaches and stacked like toys on top of houses and small buildings.The Nation, Agencies-----------------TIDAL WRATHSri LankaDead: 2,500Thousands of Sri Lankans have abandoned their flooded homes and fled to higher ground after the worst tsunami swamped the south and east shores, leaving scenes of destruction and horror.IndiaDead: 2,000Vast swathes of land were submerged in one of India’s worst natural disasters in living memory. Wailing relatives gathered on beaches in southern India to claim bodies of victims. IndonesiaDead: 1,900The island of Sumatra has borne the brunt of the tidal assault, as raging waters washed residents out to sea and tore children from their parents’ arms. Medics and police around Aceh said they expect the toll to keep rising with the full extent of the devastation still to be known.MalaysiaDead: 42Most of those killed were swept out to sea as they picnicked at the popular Batu Ferringhi beach on the resort island of Penang.BurmaDead: 10The tsunami, which drove through the Andaman Sea, destroyed a bridge in Kawthaung, southeast Burma, killing 10 people. A number of fishing trawlers are missing at sea.The MaldivesDead: 10The Maldives has declared a state of emergency as the tsunami flooded two-thirds of its capital.

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MALDIVAS - DECLARAÇÃO DO PRESIDENTE
via: Presidency MaldivesThe President proclaims State of Emergency following National Disaster 26 December 2004 The President has proclaimed a State of Emergency, following the National Disaster caused by the tsunami that swept the Maldives early this morning.The tsunami has claimed the lives of a number of people, caused extensive structural damage, leaving parts of the nation deprived of electricity and means of communication.Under the powers vested in the President by Article 42 (b) of the Constitution, the President declared the State of Emergency to facilitate disaster relief effects, assess the damage caused by the tsunami and carry out further mitigation measures.The President appealed to the public in this time of national disaster, to provide any assistance in carrying out the directives of the Ministerial Committee and Taskforce formed to co-ordinate the necessary emergency steps.The administrative centre for the Taskforce has been set up at Iskandhar School.maldivas1.jpgmaldivas2.jpg

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INDIA - HINDUSTAN TIMES
via: HindustanTimesOver 3,200 killed as quake hits coastal IndiaPress Trust of IndiaNew Delhi, December 26, 2004|23:11 ISTGiant Tsunami tidal waves set off by a massive earthquake in Indonesia, the worst in 40 years, on Sunday unleashed a trail of death and destruction in South and South East Asia killing 8,500 people, including over 3,200 in India alone, and leaving tens of thousands homeless.Tamil Nadu bore the brunt of the nature's fury with 1,725 people losing their lives in the state and Andaman and Nicobar, closest to Sumatra coast, the epicentre of the 8.9 magnitude quake on the Richter Scale, was also equally badly hit accounting for 1,000 deaths and suffering extensive damage.What began as minor tremors at 6.28 AM on a lazy Sunday turned out to be a nightmare for the entire southeastern coastal belt and Kerala on the southwest coast where 109 people lost their lives.Pondicherry, also on the east coast neighbouring Tamil Nadu, reported a toll of 280 people -- 211 in Karaikal enclave and 69 in Pondicherry. In Andhra Pradesh, 69 people were killed. West Bengal and Orissa were lucky to escpae unscathed.Nagapatinnam, the small port town of Tamil Nadu, was the worst hit as 900 people lost their lives while Kanyakumari in the land's end reported 400 casualties.Chennai city, where morning walkers were doing their daily chore along the Marina Beach and residents close to the coast were caught unaware by the tidal waves rising up to 30-40 feet, accounted for 125 deaths.

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