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Asia / Tsunami / Relief Effort #775808

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005
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(Phuket: Dan Rather) The latest developments in the aftermath of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean reviewed; U.N. statistics on deaths & rice needed cited; scenes shown of Secretary of State Colin Powell visiting Phuket, Thailand. [POWELL – promises US assistance.]

(Banda Aceh, Indonesia: Lee Cowan) The recovery & cleanup work in Sumatra, Indonesia, featured; scenes shown of masked workers digging through debris & dragging waterways for bodies, demolished villages, relief lines, a cargo plane involved in an accident at Banda Aceh that blocked aid deliveries.

(Phuket: Dan Rather) The rescue of an Indonesian man who clung to a tree a week after being swept out to sea noted. The mission of American Bill Francis†, who came to the disaster zone from Malaysia, to volunteer, featured. [FRANCIS – says he is driven to help; states it’s an opportunity to be the best of who they are; notes the tidal wave of human kindness.] The Thai government’s firing of the chief weather forecaster for failing to issue a tsunami warning reported.

(Phuket, Thailand: Barry Petersen) The effort to clean up Phuket to bring back tourists featured; scenes shown of workers amid piles of rubble, schoolchildren attending classes in a tent. [Bar owner Peter BRENNAN†, Thailand Ministry of Education Nicom CHARUMANEE†- comment on the cleanup & the losses.]

(Phuket: Dan Rather) Estimate on foreign tourists, including Americans, dead, missing or unaccounted for cited.

(Los Angeles: Sandra Hughes) Concern in the US about Americans still missing in the disaster area featured. [Victim’s boyfriend Morgan BROWNING†, victim’s girlfriend Barbara GINTHER†- talk about the search for their loved ones, Nicole Weissberg†† & Harvey Sherman†.] [State Department deputy spokesperson Adam ERELI†- explains the delay in calculating the number of missing.]

Rather, Dan;
Cowan, Lee;
Petersen, Barry;
Hughes, Sandra

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