One Year After Deadly
Tsunami, Reconstruction in Thailand is Swift, but Uneven
Thailand's Andaman Coast, which suffered extensive casualties
and damage, has been a vast construction site for much of the
past year. But families face substandard housing and land disputes.
In Asia's hardest-hit area of Banda Aceh, Indonesia where the
tsunami left 600,000 people homeless, residents continue rebuilding
the remnants of their villages.
Two aid experts just returned from the region, Eric Schwartz,
the United Nations deputy special envoy for tsunami recovery,
and Charles McCormack, president of Save the Children, discuss
Struggle to Create Tsunami Alert System
Update: A year after the catastrophic Asian tsunami, governments
are still struggling to implement a regional tsunami warning system
that could help prevent such massive loss of life in the future.
Effort Continues in Tsunami-swept Thailand
Transcript: The tsunami that hit South Asia Dec. 26 destroyed
local economies and tourist industries in Thailand. An update
looks at the recovery efforts and the government's project to
install an early warning system for tsunamis.
Lanka Struggles to Return Tsunami-ravaged Regions to Normalcy
Transcript: The Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami destroyed wide swaths
of the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, killing more than 30,000 on
the island nation and leaving another 500,000 without shelter.
a year later, Fred de Sam Lazaro of Twin Cities Public Television
returned to the island to see how residents are struggling to
rebuild communities lost to the waves.
Tsunami-hit Areas Remain Desolate Six Months Later
Transcript: Residents of Aceh, Indonesia -- one of the areas
hit hardest by last year's tsunami -- are still struggling to
survive six months later. Millions of dollars in aid have been
slow to reach the region, partly because of government bureaucracy.
Rivers of Independent Television News looks at the progress made
in rebuilding Aceh.
Earthquake Hits South
Asian Tsunami Region
Transcript: Thousands fled from low-lying areas in Indonesia
Monday after an 8.7-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of
Sumatra Island. A geological expert explains how the earthquake
Province Continues to Struggle in Aftermath of December Tsunami
Transcript: Some three months after the earthquake and tsunami
devastated the Aceh region in northern Indonesia, two Independent
Television News reporters return to the region to examine the
social, economic and spiritual impact of the widespread decimation.
Shelter Shortages Dog Tsunami Relief Efforts
weeks after an earthquake-driven tsunami hit southern Asia, the
United Nations released two reports Friday, saying one in eight
children in Indonesia's Aceh province is not getting enough to
eat, the threat of disease lingers and aid deliveries are inconsistent.
Death Toll Jumps to More Than 200,000
Update: The death toll from South Asia's tsunami soared to
at least 212,000 after Indonesia's Health Ministry raised its
latest number of deaths by more than 50,000.
the U.N. head of emergency relief told a disaster prevention conference
in Japan Tuesday that many of the world's "megacities" -- those
with dense populations -- are susceptible to devastating natural
Indonesia Tightens Control
of Relief Efforts in Aceh
Transcript: Indonesia ordered journalists and aid workers
Wednesday to declare their travel plans or face expulsion from
the tsunami-ravaged Aceh province in an effort to reassert control
of an area where separatists have been fighting for an independent
state for decades.
Mates of Independent Television News reports on the relief efforts
in Aceh. Then, Jeffrey Winters, associate professor of political
economy at Northwestern University, and William Liddle, professor
at Ohio State University, discuss politics surrounding the aid
Remain At-risk in Tsunami-ravaged Areas
Transcript: International aid organizations have warned that
children, many of whom have been left without parents, may be
one of the most at-risk groups in the aftermath of the Dec. 26
South Asia tsunami. Despite the concerns, hope returned to many
communities Monday when children returned to school for the first
time since the catastrophe.
a report from Sri Lanka, Carol Bellamy, the head of UNICEF, updates
the situation facing the children of South Asia.
Historic Trends Hint
at Fundamental Changes to Come Following a Natural Disaster
Transcript: The echoes of deadly Dec. 26 tsunami will likely
affect Indonesia and other nations for generations to come.
But it is not the first natural disaster to impact the societies,
governments and the religions of country.
Simon Winchester, the author of "Krakatoa: The Day the World
Exploded," discusses how a catastrophic volcanic eruption
and ensuing tsunami changed the people of Indonesia more than
a century ago and what lessons that disaster may teach for those
struggling to recover.
Leaders, Aid Workers Seek to Help Those in Aceh
Transcript: On the day 7,000 more bodies were discovered in
a remote region of western Sumatra, Jonathan Miller of Independent
Television News reports on the struggle to meet the medical and
religious needs of the survivors of the deadly tsunamis.
Urges Donor Nations to Speed Delivery of Aid
Update: U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan urged national governments
and relief organizations meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday
to speed the flow of pledged donations for the tsunami disaster
recovery effort in order to save the lives of an estimated 150,000
people at risk from disease and injury.
Andrew Steer, country director for Indonesia at the World Bank
who was at the summit, discusses the world's response to the disaster.
Spiritual Recovery Begins in Tsunami-ravaged Communities
Transcript: In three separate reports, Independent Television
News examines how communities in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia
are struggling to rebuild societies, businesses and families following
the devastating tsunami.
Medical Relief Teams
Struggle Against Shortages, Emerging Diseases
Transcript: Short on supplies and facing the growing risk
of diseases, medical teams are working to reach survivors and
provide relief for thousands of injured and ailing residents in
communities destroyed in the Dec. 26 tsunami.
U.S. Officials Work
to Locate Some 4,000 Americans Unaccounted for After Tsunamis
Transcript: Secretary of State Colin Powell said U.S. officials
were working to locate some 4,000 Americans that are unaccounted
for since the tsunamis hit nearly a dozen Asian and African nations.
Although Powell said he expected the number to drop, he warned
the current death toll of 16 Americans could increase. Maura
Harty, the assistant secretary of state for consular affairs,
discusses the effort to locate Americans and why the process has
taken more than a week.
Officials Continue to Push into Western Sumatra
Transcript: The relief effort along the western coast of Sumatra
continues to struggle with logistics and the devastation left
by the deadly tsunami. Steve Levitt, a lead official at the aid
organization World Vision, updates the situation in Indonesia.
Proposes Massive Privately Funded Aid Effort to Help Tsunami-ravaged
Transcript: President Bush on Monday asked former Presidents
Clinton and Bush to head an ambitious private fund-raising drive
for victims of the deadly tsunami, urging Americans to donate
money to help the millions left homeless, hungry and injured.
Three relief agency officials discuss the effort and the response
they have already seen from the U.S. public.
President Bush announces the private fundraising effort at the
Lankans at Home and Abroad Struggle in Aftermath of Tsunamis
Robert Marquand of the Christian Science Monitor discusses the
continuing efforts on the ground in Sri Lanka to recover more
than a week after massive waves killed more than 25,000 in the
small South Asian nation.
A Sri Lankan community in Los Angeles seeks those lost in their
homeland and work to help those suffering thousands of miles away.
Efforts Focus on Helping Homeless in Tsunami-ravaged Sections
of South Asia
Update: Aid workers used everything from helicopters to elephants
to try and deliver aid to the hundreds of thousands of people
without food and shelter eight days after an earthquake and ensuing
tsunamis devastated parts of southern Asia.
international relief efforts increased, officials in the worst-affected
areas raised the death toll to more than 144,000.
Struggles to Deliver Aid to Isolated Sumatran Communities
Transcript: The scope of the disaster that struck the Indonesian
island of Sumatra expands with every report from the Aceh region
and as the military begins to reach the towns and villages decimated
by the earthquake and ensuing tsunamis.
in Indonesia Pushes Tsunami Death Toll Over 114,000
Update: As Indonesian military units pushed deeper into the
ravaged region of northern Sumatra, officials said that nearly
80,000 people had died when an earthquake and ensuing tsunamis
struck the country Sunday. Indonesia's sharply increased death
toll pushed the total number of people killed in the catastrophe
to more than 114,000.
Fears Spread as Asian Nations Rush to Prevent Cholera, Other Outbreaks
Transcript: The World Health Organization has warned without
immediate aid and international planning, the death toll from
diseases caused by the tsunamis and earthquake in South Asia could
Lanka Struggles to Bury Thousands of Dead, Appeals for More Aid
Transcript: Devinda Subasinghe, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to
the United States,
discusses the dire situation in his country, the prospects for
preventing an outbreak of disease along the tsunami-ravaged coast
and what the country will need to rebuild.
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Sri Lankan Embassy in the U.S.
Defends Relief Efforts for South Asia
Transcript: President Bush on Wednesday defended the American
response to the catastrophe in South Asia and said the United
States would help rebuild the affected nations. The head of that
effort outlines what is planned.
Continues to Flow into Asia as Death Toll Passes 76,000
Update: The scope of the catastrophic earthquake and ensuing
tsunamis continued to expand Wednesday as one relief agency projected
the death toll, already over 76,000, could surpass 100,000 and
other officials warned more than 5 million others desperately
needed immediate aid.
Agencies Struggle in Aftermath of Deadly Tsunamis, Earthquake
Transcript: Governments and private aid agencies are mobilizing
to bring relief to at least 10 nations struggling to recover from
last weekend's deadly earthquake and ensuing tsunamis that have
already killed more than 50,000 people.
Ray Offenheiser of Oxfam America and Ken Hackett of Catholic Relief
Services assess what needs to be done and how the aid will be
delivered across such a wide swatch of destruction.
Offers First-hand Accounts of Tsunami in India
Transcript: An L.A. Times reporter describes the scene in India,
where the death toll has reached more than 11,000.
Hit By Earthquake-Induced Tidal Waves Appeal for Aid
Update: The death toll from Sunday's earthquake and ensuing
chain of devastating tidal waves in the Indian Ocean soared past
50,000 Tuesday, as recovery efforts turned up more victims and
survivors searched through stacks of bodies looking for loved
Efforts Begin in Region Devastated by Tsunamis
Transcript: After an overview of the effects of the tsunami
from an ITN reporter in Thailand, Gwen Ifill leads a discussion
with two experts, one who focuses on the science of the earthquake,
while the other talks about managing the relief effort.
Tsunamis Death Toll Tops 20,000
Update: The most powerful earthquake in 40 years struck deep
beneath the Indian Ocean near the Indonesian island of Sumatra
Sunday morning, triggering tsunamis that devastated villages and
resorts, killing tens of thousands and leaving untold numbers