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Sri Lanka:Tsunami:2004/12/26

Duration2004/12/26 At least 46,000 people dead, in Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of a tsunami triggered by the most powerful earthquake (9.0-magnitude) since 1964.
Country or DistrictSri Lanka

Headline(Source, Date)
Personal Injury Material Damage Others
OCHA ReliefWeb 2005/06/16
Dead: 31,229
Missing: 4,100
Displaced: 516,150

OCHA Situation Report No. 22 2005/01/28
Killed: 30,959
Missing: 5,644
Displaced: 500,668

OCHA Situation Report No. 24 2005/02/04
Killed: 30,959
Missing: 5,443
Displaced: 555,298

OCHA Situation Report No. 18 (2005/01/14)
Dead: 30,899
Missing: 6,034
Displaced: 425,620

CNN News 2004/01/03
Dead 46,000
Missing: 14,000

OCHA ReliefWeb Situation Report No.8 2004/12/31
Dead 28,508
Missing 5,023
Displaced 804,599

Specific Matters

Related Links
  • OCHA ReliefWeb 2005/06/16
    Facts regarding post-tsunami recovery six months on
    Special Report on tsunami including latest news, images and studies.
  • Information on Earthquake and Tsunami in Asia

  • OCHA ReliefWeb
    Latest Updaats on Sri Lanka
  • Information, survey and analysis summaries by the Research Group on The December 26, 2004 Earthquake Tsunami Disaster of Indian Ocean

  • BBC News (In depth: Asia Quake Disaster)

  • OCHA Situation Report No. 22 2005/01/28
    Clean water supplies to affected areas in the south are now reported to be stable, however sanitation remains a problem, particularly in camps.
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 18 2005/01/14
    Latest figures as of 14 January 2005
  • Flash Report on the field survey by ADRC
    Pictures of affected areas
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 12 2005/01/05
    District Secretaries reported the following figures:
    Number of deaths: 30,240
    Number of people missing: 3,858
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 13 2005/01/06
    Today, the United Nations and its partners launched a Flash Appeal to respond to the urgent and immediate needs of the communities severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit coastal areas in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Maldives, as well as Myanmar, Seychelles, and Somalia, on 26 December 2004.
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 11 2005/01/04
    The Government of Sri Lanka through the Centre for National Operations (CNO) is reporting the following:

    - Number of dead 30,229
    - Number of people missing 3,858
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 10 2005/01/03
    According to the Ministry of Social Welfare (MoSW), 30,186 people were killed, 3,791 are still missing and 876,883 people are displaced.
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 9 2005/01/01
    As of 31 December, the Government is reporting 28,551 deaths, 889,175 people displaced with over 82,320 houses destroyed.
  • OCHA ReliefWeb Situation Report No.8 2004/12/31
    As of 31 December, 28,508 people were reported dead, 5,023 are still missing. 804,599 persons are displaced. Approximately, 80,000 houses were destroyed.
  • Reuters AlertNet 2004/12/27
    Asia earthquake, tsunami death toll 23,263
  • Reuters AlertNet 2004/12/27
    Distraught Sri Lankans wandered through debris-strewn streets on Monday, desperately looking for any sign of relatives swept away by a deadly tsunami that has killed at least 10,200 people in the country.
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 4 2004/12/27
    Scattered reports received now indicate a loss of at least 225 lives in Trincomalee and similar numbers in Batticaloa. No information has been received from Ampara and other districts on the east coast. Reports also indicate loss of lives in Galle district.
  • CNN News 2004/12/27
    The catastrophic death toll in Asia caused by a massive tsunami might have been reduced had India and Sri Lanka been part of an international warning system designed to warn coastal communities about potentially deadly waves, scientists say.
  • WHO Situation Report No. 1 2004/12/26 (pdf file)
    There are already reports of considerable numbers of deaths, Indonesia (2,200), Sri Lanka (3,225), Maldives (10), Thailand (257), Bangladesh(2), India (2,000), and Malaysia (28), and figures can be expected to rise in the coming days.
  • ABC News On-line 2004/12/27
    At least 12,600 people have been killed and thousands more are missing after the most powerful earthquake for 40 years triggered giant tidal waves that slammed into coastal areas across Asia.
  • TamilNet
    TRO (Tamil Rehabilitation Organization) appeals for urgent assistance
  • TamilNet
    More than 1000 feared killed in Mullaitivu coastal villages.
    Coastal villages of Koyilkudiyiruppu, Mullivaykal, Kallappadu, Silavaththai, Alampil, and Unnappuluvu in Mullaitivu district were severely hit by the tidal waves and the volunteers who entered the villages for rescue operations told TamilNet that more than 90% of residents in many of the villages have gone missing. Rescue workers said that more than 1000 people are dead in the villages along the Mullaitivu coast.
  • OCHA Situation Report No. 1 (2004/12/26)
    On 26 December 2004, a series of earthquakes occurred in the area of the western coast of Northern Sumatra, Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands. The two strongest earthquakes had the magnitude of 8.9 and 7.3 on the Richter Scale. The earthquakes have caused tsunamis impacting several countries in the region.Preliminary data indicate more than 500 dead.
  • Reuters 2004/12/26
    A wall of water up to 10 meters (30 feet) high triggered by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake swept into Indonesia, over the coast of Sri Lanka and India and across southern Thai tourist islands, leaving up to 3,100 feared dead in seaside towns and villages.
  • OCHA Relief Web 2004/12/26
    At least 1,651 people were confirmed dead and many more missing in Sri Lanka as tidal waves smashed into the island.
  • CNN News 2004/12/26
    More than 1,700 people in Sri Lanka were killed after tidal waves battered the country's eastern coast, according to Colombo police.
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