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Asia Quake Toll Tops 23,000!

Pictures of the aftermath:


Picture taken by Paul S. Russell, shows a tidal wave approaching the Batu Ferringhi coast at about 1.15pm.

Photo taken by a Birtish tousirt named Eric when tsunamis apporach Batu Ferringi beach, Malaysia.

DISASTER ZONE: Cars and motorcycles parked along Gurney Drive in Penang were swept by waves and strewn accross the street haphazadly.

DAMAGED INSPECTION: A resident checking a damaged car which was parked at a make-shift garage in Bagan Jermal, Seberang Prai.

(2) INDIA:

Houses and vehicles were destroyed in Indian village of Velankanni.

People mourn at a temple south of Madras, India.


Rescuers load empty coffins bound for Phuket at Bangkok airport.

SHOCKING SIGHT: People looking at a submerged truck at the entrance of a supermarket at Patong Beach yesterday. — APpic

People look at two vehicles slammed together by a strong tidal waves that hit Kata beach in Phuket, Thailand.–APpic

A street is littered with debris after the area was hit by tidal waves at Patong beach in Phuket, Thailand, Sunday.–APpic


Residents stand on a flooded street after tidal waves hit in Lhokseumawe, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday. –APpic

A scientist points to a seismograph reading from Sunday morning’s 9.0 earthquake in Aceh, Indonesia Sunday at the Meteorology and Geophysical Agency in Jakarta, Indonesia. An extremely powerful earthquake rocked parts of Asia Sunday, sparking potent aftershocks and massive waves that swamped villages and seaside resorts in eight countries, killing at least 23,000 people. –APpic

The bodies of hundreds of victims of the tsunami which hit Banda Aceh are laid out at a rescue centre yesterday. — Reuterspic


People walk through debris of their houses destroyed in tidal waves on the coastal areas in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Updated facts of the aftermath (updated on Monday, December 27, 2004:

Sri Lankan military authorities report more than 10,000 people killed. Tamil Tiger rebels report 2,000 dead in the territory they hold in the northeast of the country.

At least 6,200 killed by waves which flooded the southern coast, official media report.

News agencies report more than 4,350 killed, many of them in Aceh in northern Sumatra.

Thai authorities report at least 866 people dead.

46 people are dead and more than 70 missing, according to Hassan Sobir, the Maldives High Commissioner.

At least 53 people were killed, scores injured and 34 reported missing in several parts of Malaysia

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