Off topic: Andamans tsunami toll feared at 3,000
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Sanjay Ray  Identity Verified
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Dec 27, 2004


NEW DELHI: More than 3,000 people have died in the tsunami that battered the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday, the union territory's top police officer said on Monday.

Most of the deaths had been reported from the Nicobar, Inspector General of Police SB Deol told a private television from Port Blair.

The figure at the Andaman and Nicobar islands is steadily climbing as news from smaller islands in the archipelago begins to come in.

Some 36 islands of the 572 tropical islands of Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, stretching over 700 kilometres, are inhabited. Officials admit that they are yet to receive information from all the inhibited islands.

"We would take some time to reach all the islands," said a Navy officer.

The officials are also yet to confirm the safety of hundreds of tourists who have been in various islands for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Some 3,70,000 people live in the islands. Besides there are thousands of military personnel, part of the tri-service command, and hundreds of tourists who are in the islands at any time of the year.

Sources in Indian Air Force said at least 100 personnel and families are missing from their air base in Nancowry. The Air Force till Sunday evening was only confirming death of 10 personnel.

The helipad of Car Nicobar and other possible air landing facilities, except the main airfield in Port Blair, have been flooded, severely preventing rescue and relief operations.

Indian disaster management experts were caught unawares by the tsunamis that wreaked havoc in South Asia.

Mihir Bhatt, director of Disaster Mitigation Institute, said: "In India, tsunamis are not a well-studied subject. It's such a rare phenomenon that at a national level no assessment has been done so far to mark the coastal villages and ports that are vulnerable to this phenomenon."


Henry Dotterer
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Our condolences on this tragedy Dec 27, 2004

Our sympathy is with those affected in this tragedy.

I understand that the Red Cross has begun to mobilize relief workers. See:

Any links to additional relief organizations would be welcome. (Please list only organizations known to be reputable and experienced in the field of emergency relief work.)


Rahi Moosavi  Identity Verified
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Condolences from Iran Dec 27, 2004

It's a great pain to see that exactly on the same month that last year, out city of Bam was leveled by an earthquake, another incident of a similar nature is causing such a death toll, I just heard on the news that number of causalities is beyond 15,000.

Our prayers are with all the people in those areas.

Is there any way to help or donate?


Parrot  Identity Verified
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For what it's worth Dec 27, 2004

Following is a set of helpful instructions on emergency measures for tsunami:

a) If you live on the coast and feel an earthquake sufficiently strong to cause cracks in walls, it is possible that within the following twenty minutes, there may be a tsunami.

b) If you are alerted about a coming tsunami, find a high area at least 30 metres above sea level on natural ground.

c) Around 50% of tsunamis first appear as a massive withdrawal of the sea that exposes large areas of the sea floor. Run for high ground and do not stop. The tsunami will arrive with a force of more than 100 Km/h.

d) If you find yourself on an unmoored vessel relatively far from the coastline, head for the high sea. A tsunami is only destructive close to the coastline. In fact, you may consider yourself safe 5,600 metres out to sea, or at a height greater than 150 metres over sea level on dry land.

e) Always be aware that a tsunami can penetrate several kilometres inland into rivers, gullies or swamps. It is thus important to stay clear of these.

f) A tsunami may produce ten or more destructive waves in 12 hours. Try to have warm, protective clothing available, especially for children.

g) Give instructions to your family regarding escape routes and meeting places in the event you are separated.

h) A portable radio that will enable you to keep informed and dry spare batteries are always useful.


I'm hoping the crisis is over, but tsunamis have been known to travel as many as 3 times around the globe. Apart from faults, they may be caused by volcanic eruptions, and aggravated by the sound waves hitting the ocean floor- Krakatoa sent a tsunami 7 times around the world in 1883.


Bernadette Mora  Identity Verified
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Condolences from Spain Dec 28, 2004

My condolences from Spain. The number of casualties is alarmingly increasing as the day goes by.
All my prayers will be for them.
A big hug,


Parrot  Identity Verified
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Rahi Dec 28, 2004

The international credit card link is this one:

Have a bit of patience, since it seems tied up quite often.

I remember Bam, it was a weekend as well, and we had to wait for official news on aid measures. However, I expect local organizations to be mobilizing already on the national level.

Narasimhan published an alternative way for donating in

If you want to donate, just address the contributions to "The Prime Minister's Relief Fund", Office of the Honourable Prime Minister, New Delhi -110001, India".

I will keep posting any additional links in the previous thread.

[Edited at 2004-12-28 20:41]


Ruchira Shukla
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Andaman and Nicobar tribes wiped out ! Dec 29, 2004

The killer tsunami is feared to have wiped out entire tribes — already threatened by their precariously small numbers — perhaps rendering them extinct and snapping the slender tie with a lost generation.

Disaster of such magnitude numbs one's senses.
Entire Islands under water ..the entire population wiped out !!
Oh God.
Thanks to all proz members for their support and contributions.
We in India are doing what we can to help the victims in our own small ways.



aes (X)  Identity Verified
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A self-help manual is a must Jan 1, 2005

Thanks for your info.

Your list of do's and dont's are informative.

A self-help manual must be issued by the Governments to their citizens as what they should against such unexpected natural disasters or other accidents etc.

Particularly the people in the vulnerable area must be educated without fail.


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