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Sunday, January 16, 2005

APCEDI ALERT EQ-SSEA #16, 2004: Series of Earthquakes and Tsunamis Devastate Wide Area of South and Southeast Asia

Updated Information and Death Tolls

Relief efforts are now in full gear throughout the affected areas. Death tolls have largely stabilised although tolls are still climbing in Aceh and Sri Lanka. The following updated figures are from five primary sources: OCHA, USAID, BBC, Agence France-Presse and the Indian Government. These figures reflect the averages being provided by the above sources.

Sumatra and off shore islands, 110,229 dead, 12,132 missing, 703,518 displaced. Aceh Province has about 98% of the casualties with Northern Sumatra Province with 2%. Relief efforts are now widespread and seem to be finally penetrating even the most remote areas.

Sri Lanka, 30,899 dead; 425,620 displaced persons, 16,665 injured, 6,034 missing, 100,000 houses destroyed (OCHA). Cyclones continue to threaten the east and southern coasts. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre is issuing bulletins on a tropical depression off the southeast coast that could bring heavy winds. Highest casualty rates are from the East Coast cities of Trincomalee and Batticaloa and the South Coast cities of Hambantota and Galle. Affected Areas Map

INDIA, 10,714 dead; 5,669 missing, 638,297 initially displaced, 376,171 currently displaced in 595 relief camps ;
State figures as follows (Latest GOI figures):
Tamil Nadu; 7,968 dead, unknown number missing; 499,962 initially displaced, 309,379 currently displaced in relief camps; Chennai (Madras), Velankunni and Nagappattinam areas hardest hit,
Southern Andhra Pradesh, 105 dead, 11 missing, 34,264 initially displaced but all now returned; Krishna , Guntur , Prakasam and Nellore Districts hardest hit.
Pondicherry enclaves 591 dead, 75 missing, 70,000 initially displaced, 6100 currently displaced in 48 relief camps
Southern Kerala 171 dead; 0 missing, 24,978 displaced in 29 relief camps; Southern Districts including Kollam, Alleppy and Alappuzha Districts hardest hit.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India 1,879 dead, 5,583 missing presumed dead (4,286 of these are from Badly hit Katchal Island in the Nicobar Chain), 37,328 displaced in 106 relief camps; toll likely to rise as missing are not found; severe to catastrophic damage throughout island chains. Katchal, Car Nicobar, Pilmillow and Great Nicobar Islands particularly hard hit.

For a complete Summary on India, GOI Disaster Management Office

Thailand, 5,303 dead, 10,496 injured, 3,396 missing most casualties from Phuket and Phi Phi Islands and along the peninsular west coast including Krabi area. Especially hard hit on Phuket Island was the Khao Lak National Park area and surrounding beaches which had many resort hotels destroyed and also had many campers and more rustic style coastal hostels.

Burma, 53 dead officially; Current situation uncertain. The Government claims that 53 are dead, 21 missing, 43 injured and 3205 people are displaced from 17 devastated villages. Most damage in the Irrawaddy Delta and coastal towns of the Tenassarim Peninsula; 36 deaths reported in Pyinzalu Island near Labutta town and another 20 from the Thanintharyi Division in the peninsula.

Maldives 81 dead; 21 missing, 21,663 people displaced; damage throughout country.

Malaysia, 68 dead, 6 missing, 8,000 displaced; Most casualties in Penang and Coastal Kedah State in Northwest.

Bangladesh 2 dead; overall damage light.

Somalia 150 dead, 35 missing, 5,000 homeless with the majority of destruction along the Puntland Coast and on Hafun Island.

Madagascar Initial BBC reports of 100 dead or missing in the coastal city of Manakara, were not confirmed by the Government relief team. However, 1,200 people in Mankara are homeless. Sainte Marie, Sambava and Vohemar also had damage to coastal areas. Updates can be found from the Madagascar Tribune

Tanzania 10 dead.

Seychelles 3 dead.

Kenya 1 dead.

Very good updates on relief efforts can be found on UN's Relief Web.

Kevin Vang
APCEDI Coordinator
AFAP Appeal Hotline: 1-800-007-308

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