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Asia / Tsunami Disaster / US Diplomacy #775750

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 03, 2005
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The aftermath of the earthquake & tsunami in the Indian Ocean region introduced; map shown; scenes shown from Sri Lanka; details given of the world aid effort.

(Banda Aceh, Indonesia: Nick Watt) The mercy mission to deliver aid to Indonesia featured; aerial scenes & planes & helicopters bringing in aid shown; details given about what has been done in Banda Aceh in Sumatra. [Navy pilot Lt. Cmdr. Mark LEAVITT†- expresses concern about the people.] [USS Abraham Lincoln Lt. Cmdr. David EDGARTON†- talks about the relief timetable.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The mind-boggling estimates of casualties from the tsunami, including tourists missing & unaccounted for, outlined on screen.

(White House: Terry Moran) The historic diplomatic gesture of three American presidents {President Bush & former Presidents George Bush & Bill Clinton} offering condolences to the worst-hit nations featured; scenes shown; details given of the task for the two former presidents to raise donations. [BUSH - comments on the disaster.] [Former Presidents BUSH, CLINTON - react to the criticism of America.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Flood waters in Sri Lanka & the arrival in Thailand of Secretary of State Colin Powell & Florida Governor Jeb Bush shown.

(Thailand: Diane Sawyer) A view of Thailand after the tsunami presented; scenes shown of the devastation, the makeshift morgue, bodies in bags, people searching the wall of pictures of the missing & school children. [Volunteers Jason REIMER†, Danielle SLAUGHTER†- indicate the bodies are so unrecognizable.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Photo of an Indian woman {Melawati††} who survived five days at sea on a floating palm tree & scenes shown of four Indonesian fishermen, who were rescued after nine days at sea, shown. Generous gifts from actress Sandra Bullock & an Indian religious figure noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Watt, Nick;
Moran, Terry;
Sawyer, Diane

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