- Title: INDONESIA: RESIDENTS OF BANDA ACEH ATTEMPT TO RESTART LIVES AFTER TSUNAMI.
- Date: 6th January 2005
- Summary: (W3) BANDA ACEH, ACEH, INDONESIA (JANUARY 6, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. GV/MV/CU: STREET WITH MARKET STALLS; PEOPLE SELLING FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND EGGS; TOMATOES IN BASKET; BOY REMOVING TOMATO AND WIPING IT (6 SHOTS) 0.32 2. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) BANDA ACEH RESIDENT YUSUF SAYING: "We need to have a system by which are given a warning that a tsunami is going to come. This system has not yet been made." 0.53 3. GV/CU: BUTCHERS CHOPPING MEAT (3 SHOTS) 1.10 4. GV: BUILDING IN RELIEF CAMP 1.15 5. GV/MV/CU: PEOPLE COOKING RICE; PEOPLE SERVING RICE IN PLASTIC BOWLS; WOMAN CARRYING BOWL OF RICE (7 SHOTS) 1.55 6. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) REFUGEE SAMSYUL RIBWAN SAYING: "We hope we could one day go back to our original homes and live with our families." 2.09 7. GV/MV/CU: REFUGEES WASHING CLOTHES; CLOTHES IN BASKET (5 SHOTS) 2.32 8. TV/GV/MV: BOXES OF AID BEING THROWN FROM CONTAINER TRUCK; MILITARY PERSONNEL CATCHING BOXES (5 SHOTS) 3.04 9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALAYSIAN RED CRESCENT VOLUNTEER DR. YAHAYA SAYING: "What I do hope is that from this summit that they have some kind of strategy plan, strategy plans how to monitor the earthquake and the future tsunamis and at the same time also have a plan whereby we can have joint cooperation between the countries." 3.36 10. GV/CU/MV: MORE OF MILITARY CATCHING AND ARRANGING AID BOXES (3 SHOTS) 3.53 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
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- Story Text: Indonesians start rebuilding their lives and hope
tsunami summit brings about an effective warning system for
On the streets of Banda Aceh, the town worst-hit by
last week's earthquake and tsunami, the resilience of the
people is evident. A few shops have reopened and on the
eastern outskirts of the city a traditional market
attracted a crowd of people who were buying vegetables and
Even after fresh tremors sent the hungry and homeless
running for their lives on Thursday (January 6), its people
were determined they would survive and rebuild their lives.
Though the city is far from normal, residents are hopeful
the ongoing tsunami summit in Jakarta will bring about a
warning system for earthquakes and tsunami's in the near
"We need to have a system by which are given a warning
that a tsunami is going to come. This system has not yet
been made," said Aceh resident Yusuf.
Banda Aceh, once a city of more than 300,000 on the
northern tip of Sumatra, bore the full brunt of the
Nearly 100,000 people, about two-thirds of all those
killed in Asia by the tsunami which struck six nations
across the Indian Ocean on December 26, died in Aceh. The
provincial capital Banda Aceh was left flattened.
As world leaders met in Jakarta to tackle the tsunami
crisis, with the global aid pledge now standing at 3.7
billion U.S. dollars, the people of this devastated city
are rebuilding their lives.
People were up early to begin their daily hunt for food
and clean water, the later vital if they are to avoid
diseases. The World Health Organisation has warned the
tsunami death toll could double to about 300,000 unless
action was taken this week to prevent diseases such as
cholera and dysentery.
Thousands of people who have been made refugees
overnight cling onto the hope of returning to their homes.
"We hope we could one day go back to our original homes
and live with our families," said refugee Samsyul Ribwan.
In the meantime, the refugees have to live in makeshift
camps and tents and try to survive on aid while their homes
are being rebuilt slowly.
Tonnes of aid has started arriving in Band Aceh and the
military are trying hard to organise and distribute the aid.
In his opening remarks at the tsunami summit, United
Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Kofi Annan said they will
never know the exact magnitude of how many men, women and
children perished on the 26 of December and the 11 days
But the U.N. can confirm that at least half a million
people were injured, more than a million people displaced
and nearly 2 million people need food water, sanitation and
The summit, which is focusing on longer-term aid now
that a global relief effort is in full swing, is also set
to endorse debt relief to help nations rebuild and a
warning system to save lives in the future, a draft joint
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