» 01/01/2005 09:43 asia Tsunami toll feared at 150,000
Rome (AsiaNews) - At least 123,171 people are reported dead around southern Asia and as far away as Somalia on Africa's eastern coast killed by massive tsunamis, but the U.N. emergency relief operations coordinator said the death toll was approaching 150,000.
"The true figure will probably never be known because people are burying the corpses where they find them," said Anjali Kwatra, leader of Sri Lanka's Christian Aid emergency team.
At least 6,000 Europeans are still missing - most of them presumed dead - after the disaster wrecked beach resorts in south-west Thailand.
Tonight an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 shook south-eastern Sumatra on Saturday, sending residents in two cities running in panic from their houses. It was centered beneath the Indian Ocean about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of the province's capital of Bengkulu. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Northwestern Sumatra was the hardest hit area in Sunday's earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Here is the latest death toll per country:
Sri Lanka: 28,729.
INDIA Only Catholic Church left on Andaman Islands to help tsunami victims ITALY - ASIA PIME's tsunami campaign raises over 1.6 million euros INDIA Christian Mizoram donates bamboo to tsunami victims INDIA Church in Andhra Pradesh leads fishermen back to the sea INDONESIA - SRI LANKA NGO cries foul as Paris Club set to penalise tsunami-stricken countries asia Tsunami death toll now in 170,000-182,000 range INDIA Many flock back to God on the Andaman Islands NEPAL - SRI LANKA Relief from the Himalaya for tsunami victims ITALY - INDIA - THAILAND PIME's tsunami reconstruction campaign raised almost 600,000 euros India Tsunami Missionaries: we help tsunami victims to start life anew THAILAND - INDONESIA - SRI LANKA Tsunami survivors sue Thai government INDIA In the wake of tragedy Hindus, Muslims and Christians seek healing at the Lourdes of the East INDIA Tamil Nadu fishermen ask state government for safe homes not far from the shore VATICAN - ASIA Sea apostolate working for tsunami-stricken fishermen, says Card Fumio Hamao THAILAND - ASIA UN World Tourism Organisation in Phuket to discuss industry recovery SRI LANKA Caritas office in Jaffna complains that relief is being hampered by government bureaucracy INDIA Gilbert, a post-tsunami hero SRI LANKA Government plans penalise fishermen and Church THAILAND The Church helps people return to normal life INDIA New boats for fishermen who survived the tsunami ASIA A month after the tsunami Christians leading reconstruction efforts SRI LANKA Violence against women continues after the tsunami ASIA - TSUNAMI Tsunami, tragedy and solidarity in a globalised world INDIA Church encourages tsunami-affected fishermen to go back to the sea ASIA Tourists wanted for tsunami-affected region VATICAN - ASIA The tsunami questions man about his limits and the reasons for evil, says Card Sodano INDONESIA One killed, four injured in Central Sulawesi earthquake ITALY - ASIA After the tsunami: sponsoring as a partnership between people and cultures ITALY - ASIA Sponsoring: help beyond emergency ASIA Death toll still rises as reconstruction starts PAKISTAN Pakistani Christians pray for ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue VATICAN ASIA Solidarity towards tsunami victims should not end, says Mgr Migliore at the United Nations INDIA After the tsunami children are our hope, says Andamans Bishop INDONESIA Jakarta promises transparency in how tsunami aid is managed ITALY - ASIA PIME tsunami campaign to assist Andaman Islands SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, women survivors of tsunami victims of abuses Indonesia Indonesian tsunami death toll to reach 150,000: official INDONESIA Aceh Muslims against relief aid from Islamic extremists SRI LANKA Government and rebels turn tsunami aid to their own benefit asia Death toll in Asian tsunami disaster passes 168,000 INDIA Fishermen most affected by the tsunami THAILAND No aid to Burmese tsunami victims THAILAND Threats against missioners come from Indonesia and Malaysia INDIA Struggling through the emergency to get back to a normal life after the tsunami ASIA Paris Club agrees to freeze Asian debt INDONESIA Foreign aid as a Trojan horse for proselytising and espionage INDIA Situation getting worse by the day for orphans ITALY ASIA Tsunami aid must be quick and on target ITALY ASIA PIME Campaign for tsunami victims in Asia: An update ITALY Sponsor a child, national forum at PIME headquarters in Milan INDONESIA Islamic laws suspended because of Tsunami emergency THAILAND Houses, boats, schools and scholarships for tsunami victims ASIA Tsunami toll could rise to 200,000: UN official ASIA Foreign debt moratorium for tsunami-hit countries INDIA Tsunami dalits discriminated by government and NGO PAKISTAN Pakistani Church close to Sri Lankan victims SRI LANKA Post-tsunami support for children SAUDI ARABIA ASIA Tsunami: Little aid from Arab countries SRI LANKA Adoption ban in Sri Lanka INDIA After tsunami cynicism assails Christians, Muslims and Hindus THAILAND Thai Catholics start reconstruction after the tsunami INDIA Religious and caste discrimination in government aid distribution in Tamil Nadu SRI LANKA Mullaithivu, the tsunami and the civil war INDONESIA Small signs of things getting back to normal in Banda Ache and Meulaboh ASIA UN urges donors at Jakarta conference to give US$ 1bn for tsunami emergency THAILAND Inter-faith prayer for tsunami victims in Phuket VATICAN Children, victims but also evangelisers, says the Pope INDIA Hope is found in faith in Tamil Nadu tragedy INDONESIA Rescue workers discriminate against ethnic Chinese tsunami victims THAILAND Pupils eager to study, relieved to find schoolmates THAILAND After the tsunami Thai Church to help the illiterate and the needy INDONESIA Famine haunts the population of Simeuleu Island VATICAN - ASIA Pope joins Europe in mourning tsunami victims EU - ASIA Europe, 3-minute silence for dead and missing INDONESIA At least 20 tsunami orphans victim of child trafficking SRI LANKA Sri Lankan Bishops urge prayers and action for survivors ASIA In Jakarta, the world mobilises to prevent other tsunamis PHILIPPINES Christians and Muslims pray for tsunami victims THAILAND - MYANMAR Myanmar is withholding true casualties figures, says Thai priest india Hindu fundamentalists praise the work of Christian missionaries THAILAND Aid should be targeted, says Bangkok Cardinal INDIA Great solidarity among tsunami survivors in Karinkal, say missionary sisters INDONESIA - VATICAN Apostolic Nuncio: The tsunami, survivors and children INDIA Rumours about children being kidnapped to get government money SRI LANKA Government and press against orphan trafficking INDONESIA Jakarta blocks tsunami orphan adoptions INDONESIA Tsunami orphans available for the right price INDONESIA Tsunami brings US and Indonesia closer VATICAN - ASIA God never abandons us, even in a calamity, says Pope THAILAND Buddhists pray for the dead, elephants help in post-tsunami recovery INDIA Everything has been destroyed, but I bow before God, says Andaman Bishop VATICAN - ASIA God's blessing on a New Year marred by tragedy, says Pope THAILAND Thai churches shelter tsunami survivors VATICAN - ASIA WORLD PEACE DAY Promoting peace with the weapons of love, says Pope INDONESIA Five years and three billion dollars to rebuild tsunami-ravaged Aceh VATICAN - ASIA Pope will remember tsunami victims and rescuers in midnight mass INDONESIA Indonesia's airspace now open to foreign relief operations ASIA Tsunami: a disaster at the human level, but less so for the economy INDIA People united by the hand of God despite the tragedy ASIA - ASEAN - UN International community mobilising for south and south-east Asia INDIA As the sea returns the dead it claimed, reconstruction becomes urgent in Tamil Nadu THAILAND After the tsunami prayers and questions SRI LANKA The poor's show of solidarity PHILIPPINES Bishops look at 2004 MALAYSIA Kuala Lumpur suspends expulsion of Indonesian immigrants SRI LANKA Msgr Gomis, Archbishop of Colombo: "My journey into the tsunami inferno" INDIA Salesians in Chennai: "People are helping, the government is slow" thailand Phuket Parish: Anger, prayers and solidarity among survivors INDONESIA New Year celebrations cancelled in Jakarta INDIA The tragic fate of the children, the power of solidarity among different believers ASIA - TSUNAMI Toll close to 100,000, 5 million displaced INDONESIA Meulaboh, a ghost town INDIA We have no idea how many people died, says Tamil Nadu priest INDONESIA Catholics show compassion and empathy to Muslim Acehnese victims ASIA Catholic aid in Asia going to quake victims INDIA As waters recede, epidemics become a risk ASIA A battered continent: An Overview HONG KONG - ASIA Christians and Buddhists to help tsunami victims PHILIPPINES Catholic Church expresses solidarity to the victims of the underwater quake VATICAN - ASIA Pope appeals for help in favour of Asia sri lanka Bishop of Sri Lanka: Local Ngos better equipped to assist the survivors INDONESIA Java and Bali fear another tsunami SRI LANKA People united by tragedy THAILAND Parish priest in Phuket: "A tragedy, worst hit are the poor" INDIA Fears of disease, mass cremations of bodies in Tamils Nadu INDONESIA Great show of solidarity, ships and planes bring aid asia - sri lanka Death toll in Asian disaster passes 26,000 INDIA Indian Bishops: "The Church is at everyone's service, no matter their religion" THAILAND Grief and support not just for tourists and Phuket ASIA An entire continent battered by earthquake and tsunami: An Overview INDONESIA Inter-religious solidarity for quake and tsunami victims INDIA Parishes and convents in Tamil Nadu are sheltering homeless in the wake of Sunday's disaster asia More than 13 thousand dead after quakes, tsunami smashed southern Asia INDONESIA Earthquake and tsunami kill more than 400 people in Aceh and North Sumatra VATICAN Pope calls for prayers and help for the victims of the earthquake in Asia asia Multiple earthquake, tsunami hits Southern Asia, thousands killed Editor's choices
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