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Over 226,000 Dead In Asia

Tsunami Death Toll Tops 226,000
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- The global death toll from the Asian tsunami shot above 226,000 Wednesday after Indonesia's Health Ministry confirmed the deaths of tens of thousands of people previously listed as missing.

The ministry raised the country's death toll to 166,320. It had previously given a figure of 95,450 while Indonesia's Ministry of Social Affairs had put the death toll at around 115,000 before it stopped counting.

Dodi Indrasanto, a director at the health ministry's department of health affairs, said the new death total reflected the latest reports from the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra, which were directly in the path of the killer tsunami spawned by a magnitude 9 earthquake on December 26.

The new figure lifted the total global death toll from the tsunami disaster to 226,566, although the number continues to rise as more deaths are reported around the region.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, speaking before the health ministry released its latest figures, told a donors conference in Jakarta that the true extent of the catastrophe defied description.

"Perhaps we will never know the exact scale of the human casualties," he said.

Indrasanto said the health ministry report, which had just 6,245 people still listed as missing, had been sent to Yudhoyono late Wednesday.

The ministry's figures said 617,159 people were still homeless in northern Sumatra more than three weeks after the killer wave struck.


God Loves Sick Heartless Sociopaths.

As if the news of the tsunami disaster isn't
disturbing enough, there is a website called
This week, the Westboro Baptist Church has really
sunk to a new low with their press release, which
gives thanks to God for killing thousands of homo-
sexuals during the tsunami in southern Asia.
In response to a Swedish newspaper, which reported
the deaths of gay Swedes vacationing in Thailand,
the website posted a sick press release from Fred
Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, which, in
part, reads "God is laughing, mocking and taunting
Swedes as they mourn and weep over their dead!
Thank God for his vengeance, and we pray for worse
and more of it upon Sweden."


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Make that 226,120 dead 20.Jan.2005 14:39

Jakarta Watch

The Jakarta Post reports that over the past two weeks, 120 GAM freedom fighters were killed, according to Indonesian General Ryamizard Ryacudu, because they were "plundering relief aid for the tsunami victims. The story failed to point out that these Acehnese "rebels" and their families were also victims of the disaster.