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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

12 Singaporeans still missing, 30 uncontactable after tsunami disaster



SINGAPORE : More Singaporeans, who were reportedly in the tsunami-struck areas on Boxing Day, have been contacted.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, those uncontactable have been narrowed from 51 on Monday to 30 on Tuesday afternoon.

The number of Singaporeans dead remains at nine.

Twelve others are missing, all in Thailand.

As at 1pm on Tuesday, the number of Singaporeans that are now contactable has increased to 1775.


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Singapore's PM Lee visits tsunami-stricken Indonesian cities



BANDA ACEH : Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday became one of the first leaders to visit the most devastated parts of Indonesia following the tsunami disaster.

Together with Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean, he flew via military aircraft into the devastated areas in Medan, Meulaboh and Banda Aceh.

Mr Lee said his visit has given him a clear insight into the devastation that has been wreaked on communities in Indonesia.


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Singaporean relief workers return with tales of shock and grief



SINGAPORE : Since the deadly tsunami struck, hundreds of Singaporeans have been helping out in relief efforts to the disaster stricken areas.

Many were unprepared for the scale of destruction they witnessed, but still did their best to aid victims.

It has been a long and ardous journey for Mr Ang Choon Kiat, Member of the Land Rover Relief Convoy, and his wife.

The couple, along with a convoy of 29 other land rovers, had driven for 24 hours from Singapore to Krabi, delivering much needed food and medical supplies to tsunami-stricken victims.


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26 states, int'l organizations confirm summit attendance

The international community has welcomed the initiative to hold an emergency summit in the wake of the tsunami disaster with 26 countries and international organizations confirmed to attend.

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassan Wirayuda said on Tuesday that 14 heads of government as well as ministers from several countries and international organizations would be attending the one-day emergency summit.

"This is a clear expression of global solidarity and in this meeting we hope to reach a global commitment to assist in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affected countries," Hassan said after a limited Cabinet meeting led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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Memorial for tsunami victims

Service also a chance to pray for the missing, injured: Dr Balakrishnan

EVEN as flags across Singapore fly at half-mast this Sunday, an open memorial service will be held to mourn Asia's tsunami and quake victims, two weeks after the catastrophic events.

To be held at the Singapore Expo Hall 2 at 5pm, the service will include inter-religious prayers by leaders from nine faiths and an address by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. It will be broadcast live by MediaCorp's television and radio stations.

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Police Guard Tsunami Orphans Amid Kidnap Fears

Police guards were posted at tsunami refugee camps in Indonesia today to protect orphaned children from being kidnapped by merciless trafficking gangs.

Two attempts to snatch youngsters were confirmed by United Nations charity workers in the devastated Aceh province as the alarmed authorities brought in restrictions on children leaving the country.

Unicef, the UN’s children’s agency, has said the disaster would be the “perfect opportunity” for traffickers in Indonesia to sell the youngsters into forced labour or sexual slavery in rich neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.


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Call for donations for tsunami victims may be scams



SINGAPORE : Have you been receiving emails and SMSes asking you to donate to the Tsunami victims?

While some seem suspicous, others which are perfectly genuine, are being slammed as scams.

So how do you know if you are donating to the right parties?

It says 'Do not call these numbers 1900-9111110 and 1900-9111150 for it is a scam!'

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