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Tue 28 Dec 2004

The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake: old haunts are now disaster sites

Category : world

After a day insulated by the mangroves and microscope, I came back to realise with great distress that most of the coastal areas I visited in the region in the course of mangrove or marine work are now disaster sites.

Penang is on the list, though spared the massive tragedies of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Thailand. I know that coastline well from walking the shores looking for otters in the early 90's. Alvin spent time in familiar haunts in Penang too and news from those areas stuck close to home.

With little time online these days, I keep tabs via Jeff Ooi's Screenshots for Malaysian and international news, and the BBC. Screenshots pointed me to Forest Ang's Tsunami in Penang, who places the first wave at 1.10pm - a time when it would have struck families at picnics, a common weekend activity.

23,000 people have died in afflicted countries and many more affected in other heart-wrenching ways. My heart goes out to all the coastal dwellers I have encountered in these places, and who have now lost home and/or family.

In Singapore, you can contribute cash or other relief donations to the Red Cross, Ananda Travel & Sri Lankan Airlines or the Singapore Sinhala Association. I expect this has to be sustained so do plan to contribute what you can some weeks later as well.

Update - "Some information on contributing to help" - extracted from Jimmy Liew's Cynics.info.

Relatives or friends of Singaporeans who are in the affected areas can call the MFA Duty Office at 6332-0000 to register their contact details.

[How to help 1/3] The Singapore Red Cross Society has launched a public appeal to help victims of the Bay of Bengal earthquake and tsumami waves. The public can send their donations by cheque to the 'Singapore Red Cross Society.'

Indicate behind the cheque 'Tidal Waves Asia'. Include your name, address and tel number as a receipt will be sent to you.

Post the cheque to: The Singapore Red Cross, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486
Or in person to the Red Cross House @ 15 Penang Lane, between 9.30 am - 5.45 pm on weekdays and 9.30 am - noon on Saturdays [link].

[How to help 2/3] Ananda Travel & Sri Lankan Airlines are appealing for donations to be airlifted to Sri Lanka. Those interested can send the donations to:
133 Cecil Street, #13-02 Keck Seng Tower, Singapore 069535
or 36 Robinson Road, #01-01 City House, Singapore 068877.

[How to help 3/3] Singapore Sinhala Association's Sri Lanka Tsunami Disaster Relief.

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