Massive quake and tsunamis strike Indian Ocean
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3.0     International aid organizations are accepting donations to help victims


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The largest earthquake to hit the planet in 40 years struck at 6:58 a.m. (local time) on Dec. 26 off the western coast of Sumatra. More than 80,000 people have been reported to be killed in nine countries, including India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, following massive tsunamis, with thousands washed out to sea.

The US Geological Survey reports the quake magnitude at 9.0 on the Richter Scale.

World Vision has offices in each of these countries and reports widespread devastation in coastal areas. World Vision's Jayanth Vincent reports from India:

"More than 2,000 people are reported dead and hundreds of houses damaged in an unprecedented sea surge that swept through the eastern coast of India early today morning. The tidal surge struck the coastal states of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh.

"In Chennai, where the national office of World Vision India is situated, the first warning came as a slight tremor. Around 7:30 a.m. walkers and children playing on the Marina beach of the city were taken aback and started running at the sight of a wall of water rising to flow into the almost a kilometer wide beach towards the car park. Reports say that the surge was so strong that parked cars were thrown around like toys.

"In coastal Andhra Pradesh, World Vision works in seven projects, which include six area development programs (ADPs). Of these, all but three are safe and unaffected by the surge ..."

"At the time of writing there is no report of damage from Orissa, another coastal state is very susceptible to hurricanes and cyclones."

World Vision's Enda Balina reports in from Jakarta, Indonesia:

"A strong earthquake rocked Aceh province, the northern part of Sumatra Island in western Indonesia, on Sunday morning, December 26, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale. More then 400 people died in Aceh and several areas in Sumatra Island, meanwhile hundreds were injured by the quake and tsunami as high as 10 meters. The quake also damaged number of infrastructures, including hundreds of houses. The epicentre was approximately 149 kilometres south of Meulaboh in West Aceh regency.

"The quake generated a 5-meter-high tsunami in Sabang Island. The northern coast of Aceh and Lhokseumawe also suffered from tsunami. Local media reported, in Bireuen regency, 95 people were killed, and hundreds of houses collapsed. To avoid aftershocks, people in Bireuen left their houses and fled to the schools and mosques. In Pidie regency, 165 people died. In Lhokseumawe, 131 were killed and hundreds were injured. Many of the victims were children.

"The tremor was also felt in some provinces near Aceh, namely North Sumatera and West Sumatra. More than 51 people were killed by the quake in Deli Serdang and Nias Island in North Sumatra.

"Meanwhile, telecommunication lines out of the Banda Aceh were cut because most of the equipment was inundated by the tsunami.

"On-line media reported on Sunday, the tsunamis also hit neighboring countries in the region and killed thousands of people. Hundreds more were injured or missing as tsunamis unleashed by the quake.

"According to the overseas media, officials of Sri Lanka put the death toll at 1,500. The president has declared a state of national disaster due to the seriousness of the situation. In India, 1,000 were reported died. More than 100 tourists were missing on islands off Southern Thailand.

"World Vision Indonesia Director James Tumbuan has alerted his relief staff about the disaster. 'We are closely monitoring the situation in Aceh,' he said.

"World Vision so far has no programs in Aceh, among other things, due to the volatility of security situation in the western-most province.

"Two major earthquakes have hit Indonesia during the last two months. The earlier quake hit Alor island in East Nusa Tenggara province killing over 30 people and destroyed thousands of houses and other buildings. The other tremor hit Nabire area in Papua province, also killing some 30 people."

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Sponsor a child in one of the countries

A 9.0 earthquake has unleashed devastating tsunamis on coastal areas throughout Asia, killing well over 100,000 people and leaving a million homeless. World Vision is responding; now we urgently need your support.

Your gift today will rush food and Family Survival Kits to Asian countries affected by the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami, and provide other relief as needed.

Each kit provides things like blankets, tarps for temporary shelter, water purification tablets and cooking supplies. We will also provide other critically needed relief response, such as food or medicine, where needs arise.

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International aid organizations are accepting donations to help victims

Aid groups accepting donations for victims.

International aid organizations are accepting donations to help victims of the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunamis that caused widespread destruction in parts of South Asia and East Africa.

The groups include:

Canadian Red Cross
(or donate through your local Red Cross office)

2200 Yonge St., Suite 1100
Toronto, Ont.
M4S 2C6

Oxfam Canada
Asian Earthquake/Floods Relief, Oxfam Canada
200-215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Ont.
M5T 2C7

World Vision Canada

CARE Canada

Mennonite Central Committee

Canadian Tamil Congress

Canadian Relief Organization for Peace in Sri Lanka

Salvation Army

Save the Children USA


U.N. World Food Programme


World Concern

World Relief

World Vision


Action Against Hunger

ADRA International

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc.

American Jewish World Service

American Red Cross

Association for India's Development


Catholic Relief Services

Christian Children's Fund

Church World Service

Concern Worldwide

Direct Relief International

Doctors Without Borders

Food for the Hungry, Inc.

International Aid

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

International Medical Corps

International Rescue Committee

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Lutheran World Relief

MAP International

Mercy Corps

Network for Good

Operation Blessing International

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