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.]