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Too much or too little: relief
cries out for co-ordination

What is India News Service, Friday, 31 December 2004, 2000 hrs IST

A lack of coordination in the relief effort for survivors of the deadly tsunami in India has led to an excess of supplies in some villages while others lack the most basic necessities. 

On Friday, huge piles of clothes dotted roadsides leading to many villages ravaged by the tsunami in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, unwanted by survivors who either do not need so much or refuse to wear clothes that are culturally alien. 

Broken packets of steamed and spiced rice were strewn on sandy paths as some villages receive more food than people could eat while survivors in other villages waited hours for each meal. 

PM announces Rs 1 billion grant to Andhra Pradesh: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday announced an immediate grant of Rs 1 billion to Andhra Pradesh for tsunami relief.

Water everywhere, but not a drop to drink: Even 96 hours after the great wall of water collapsed on the unfortunate group of islands, the counting of dead is still under progress. "We don't rule out the fatality figures touching the 10,000 mark as the search of those dead and alive is in progress," said Chief Secretary VV Bhatt adding that "as of now, only 400 bodies have been recovered."

Asia tsunami toll crosses 1,18,000: The confirmed toll in the massive tidal waves that slammed the Indian Ocean shorelines on Sunday climbed to more than 1.18 lakh.

Manmohan deputes two Ministers to Andamans: The Prime Minister has deputed his Minister of State for Home, Prakash Jaiswal, and the Minister of State for Information Technology and Communications, Shakeel Ahmed, to Port Blair and Car Nicobar to oversee relief operations.

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Be kind enough to give cash: Relief groups have some friendly advice for people who want to lend a helping hand to desperate tsunami survivors: Don\92t donate that old sweater or a loaf of bread.

Confusion over alert

Alert hits relief work, triggers second exodus: Hundreds of survivors of last Sunday's tsunami disaster ran out of temporary relief centres and fled towards other places, as a fresh tsunami alert from the Union Home Ministry set off a wave of panic among the people on Thursday.

Weather science crumbles under tsunami: Claims of scientific achievements in the area of weather sciences appeared hollow as the nation as caught napping while tsunami played havoc in the coastal areas.

Fax leads to panic in Andamans: Thursday's alert from the Centre passed on by the administration caused widespread panic and it took some time for normalcy to be restored.

Panic: Andhra clears 9 coastal areas: The State Government issued a fresh alert to the administration in all the nine coastal districts on Thursday after it received a warning that fresh tidal waves were likely to hit the coast. The warning, spread through the electronic media, created a panic-like situation in the coastal regions specially in the districts of Nellore, Prakasha, Guntur, Krishna and West and East Godavari which had borne the brunt of the tsunami on Sunday.

No threat of another tsunami: The Meteorology Department today allayed fears of another tsunami hitting the Tamil Nadu coast. The Deputy Director-General of Meteorology, S.Sridharan, said no fresh earthquake of great intensity was reported over the sea area. 

Tripura 2004 - low insurgency deaths, high suicide rate: Even though the militancy related incidents declined significantly, consequences of bloodshed and violence on the mindset of the people of Tripura have led to high incidence of suicide during the year.

Vijayendra Saraswati's brother arrested: The special investigation team, probing the Sankararaman murder case, today arrested Raghu, brother of the Junior Acharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Sri Vijayendra Saraswati.

3 militants among five killed in Kashmir: Activists of DLP were taken into preventive custody for staging a protest march in violation of prohibitory orders against incidents of human rights violations. 

Sahitya Parishat to popularise Kuvempu\92s work: The Kannada Sahitya Parishat has decided to bring out the complete literature and messages of poet laureate Kuvempu in the form of small books.

Bangalore plans to bulldoze \91illegals\92 in new layout: The BDA identified three residential layouts in the notified area for Arkavathy as unauthorised layouts. Structures have come up in some of these areas. 


Pervez to continue as army chief:
Claiming support of the majority of Pakistanis for him to remain in uniform, President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday night announced his decision to continue as Army Chief, reneging on his last year\92s pledge to quit by tomorrow. A day earlier, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Maulana Fazlur Rahman, failed to resolve differences over the uniform issue.

Pakistan sentences Indian to death: Officials claim the J&K resident is a RAW agent who carried out a bomb attack in 1999.

India-Pak ties saw great improvement, says Musharraf: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said the bilateral relations between India and Pakistan have seen great improvement. 

Tigers may work with govt: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels appeared to be willing to join the government in relief work for Tsunami victims as President Chandrika Kumaratunga said a war with them was "remoter" now. Reports said the rebel head of the political wing, S P Thamilselvan, had indicated that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was willing to consider working side by side with state agencies to help thousands stranded in the Tsunami disaster.



Relief work lacked co-ordination: Help is pouring in, in cash and kind, but the tsunami relief operations call for better organisation. 

Vijayendra Saraswati's brother was arrested: The junior seer's brother, Raghu, was arrested in the Kanchi case.

Tigers said they would work with the government: The tsunami disaster seems to be bringing the LTTE and the government closer.