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World Shaken By 2004 Tsunami Catastrophe

Estimated 280,000 dead
Precious time was lost in the days following the Dec. 26 earthquake as the world underestimated the extent of the catastrophe. Steadily the death toll welled steadily upwards -- from the hundreds to the thousands, to the tens of thousands, and then to the unbelievable hundreds of thousands. The horror became clear: This was a disaster of historic proportions. "You wonder where are the people? What has happened to them?" A shaken Kofi Annan asked about two weeks later on viewing the destruction in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

How each nation responded will long stay in memory. Sri Lanka put the island nation's ethnic conflict aside; Indonesia continued its war with separatists. Germany pledged $680 million, none of the oil-rich Gulf nations offered more than $30 million. India refused aid money and said, "We share this tragedy;" The U.S. asked, "how much do we have to pay?" At first offering a stingy $15 million, Bush raised the relief total to $350 million -- which many noted represented less than he spends every two days in his Iraq adventure

Scenes from Indonesia, Thailand, and India

(Photo credits not given on aid sites)

 + Tsunami Aid Being Used To Replace Fishing Villages With Resorts

 + Russian Tourists May Turnaround Tsunami Economies

  + Remember Those Big Tsunami Pledges? Most Countries Don't

  + New Quake Leaves Indonesians Distrustful Of Government

  + Tsunami Women Survivors Still Abused

  + Ghosts Keep Tourists Away From Phuket

  + Weavers Return To Work After Tsunami

  + New Sri Lanka Fighting Puts Tsunami Aid At Risk

 + Tsunami Nations To Europe: Don't Dump Old Fishing Boats On Us
 + The Tsunami And The Killing Fields FREE!

 + Tsunami Tourists Put Strain on Indonesia's Aceh

 + Indonesia Red Crescent To Foreign Docs: Get Out
 + Situational Charity: Tsunami And War FREE!

 + Ex-President Tsunami Tour Signals End Of U.S. Humanitarian Aid

 + Tsunami Aid: Who Gives, Who Gets?

 + Osama, Islamicists Silent On Tsunami Disaster
 + Enviros Falsely Charged With Exploiting Tsunami FREE!

 + Tsunami Survivors Say Aid Agencies Aren't Listening To Them

 + Now It's Bird Flu Worry In Tsunami-Hit Asia

 + China Defends 'Nominal' Role In Tsunami Relief Effort

 + There's More To Disaster Mitigation Than Just A Warning System

 + Europe Warns Against Tsunami Adoptions

 + Europe Proposal To 'Rescue' Tsunami Orphans Draws Ire

 + Many Tsunami-Hit Nations Wary Of Debt Freeze  + Tsunami Survivors Fear Return To Fishing

 + Indonesia Requests Pen-Pals For Tsunami Children

 + Under Pressure, Some Oil-Rich States Boost Tsunami Aid

 + Tsunami Aid Turning Into Garbage In India Province

 + India Black Market Trying To Get Hands On Tsunami Aid

 + Aceh Fears Christian Missionaries Will Steal Tsunami Orphans

 + Where Are Burma's Earthquake Casualties?

 + UN Expects Big Donors To Skip Out On Disaster Aid

 + Mishandled Aid Could Easily Hurt Tsunami Victims
 + Catastrophe As Photo-Op FREE!

 + Indonesia Relief Aid Must Be Carefully Monitored, Watchdog Group Says

 + Flood Of Aid To Asia May Come At Expense Of Other Disasters

 + World Judging Wealthy Nations By How They Respond To Catastrophe
 + Gulf Arabs Debate Aid For Tsunami Victims FREE!

 + Sri Lanka Unites Over Asia Disaster

 + Despite Disaster, Indonesia Continues Fight Against Rebels

 + How Bush Can Show America's Not Stingy

 + Tsunami Warning Plans Were Turned Down Two Years Ago

 + Largest Relief Operation In World History Underway In Asia
 + Tsunami Crisis Offers Chance To End Aceh Civil War Stalemate FREE!

 + Bush Defensive as Aid Effort Lumbers Into Action

 + Reaction To Quake Disaster Shows India's Divide

 + Stone-Age Tribes Believed Unharmed By Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

 + Christmas Quake Spotlights Risk To Coastal Nuclear Plants

 + Earthquake Disaster Underscores Rich Nation Aid Shortfall

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