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CARE assessing emergency needs after southern Asia earthquake
26 Dec 2004 12:16:00 GMT
Source: NGO latest
CARE International Secretariat
CARE is initiating assessment of the emergency needs of thousands of victims of today's massive earthquake off the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, the earthquake caused giant tidal waves and flash floods across southern Asia, potentially leaving thousands of people dead and many thousands more affected.
'The situation appears serious, especially on the south and eastern coast of Sri Lanka,' says Titon Mitra, CARE International Emergencies Response director.
The earthquake, which struck at 7.59 a.m. local time, caused a ten-metre-high wall of water to sweep into Indonesia, the Maldives, over the coasts of Sri Lanka and India and along the southern Thai tourist Island of Phuket. CARE International has had long standing operations in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. CARE Emergencies director Mitra: 'CARE's Country Offices across the region are assessing the situation and monitoring the needs of those affected. The death toll is expected to rise.'