Friday, December 31, 2004

ABC News: U.S. Helping Asia Victims Get Clean Water

ABC News: U.S. Helping Asia Victims Get Clean Water: "U.S. Helping Asia Victims Get Clean WaterU.S. Focuses on Providing Clean Water, Basic Sanitation in South Asian Areas Hit by Tsunami
This is an aerial view of the town of Meulaboh in Aceh province which was flattened by tidal waves on Sunday, photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004. Government estimates put the death toll from Sunday's earthquake and tsunami at 45,268 in Indonesia alone, but UNICEF said Thursday the number could rise to as high as 80,000 with nearly a million children in need of assistance.(AP Photo/Sydney Morning Herald, Nick Moir)The Associated Press
WASHINGTON Dec 30, 2004 � The United States is focusing on providing clean water and basic sanitation in South Asian areas hit by an earthquake and tsunamis, to try to prevent illness and more deaths among survivors.
Secretary of State Colin Powell planned to visit embassies of three of the hardest-hit countries, Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, to sign condolence books Thursday. The death toll rose to more than 114,000.
'Our efforts are focused, with the rest of the international community, on water and sanitation, because that is the greatest risk to people's lives,' said Andrew Natsios, chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which distributes foreign aid.
Water and sewage systems were inundated by the enormous surge of water that hit coastal areas of 12 countries on Sunday following an earthquake deep in the Indian Ocean. Debris and corpses are also a health hazard."


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