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Tsunami death toll climbs; relief efforts intensified

Date Posted: 2005-01-20

The earthquake and tsunami which followed off the Indonesian coast of Sumatra is being called the most terrible disaster in history.

The death toll has climbed above 160,000, but officials caution the number is artificially low because untold numbers of bodies were swept out to sea and will never be recovered, and because bodies are still being uncovered as debris is removed from the hundreds of affected cities, towns and villages. Thousands of workers are struggling with the heat, rains and stench as they feverishly work to recover and identify the remains of victims.

We at Island Market newspaper company pay our respects to the victims, and wish each of the countries best wishes for speedy reconstruction and recovery. We ask your warm support in sending relief to the Japan Red Cross. Earmark your donation to Account 00110-2-5606, Japan Red Cross. Mark your contribution “Sumatra Island Earthquake Relief”.

A second agency needing assistance is Japan Unicef Association. Donations can be made to Account 00110-5-2011, Japan Committee for Unicef. Further information can be obtained at http://www.unicef.or.jp.

A third option is to make your donation at the Print 21 Office in the Concession Arcade, Camp Foster. A charitable donation receipt will be provided, and we will send your contribution to the Japan Committee for Unicef. An off-base Print 21 office is located at Okinawa Market on Chuo Park Avenue in Okinawa City.

The most important thing is to act now.

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