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Ecumenical News International

News Highlights

29 December 2004

Indian churches rush aid to tsunami victims as death toll mounts

Vailankanni, India (ENI). As in other Asian and African

countries, churches in India are rushing aid and relief to

hundreds of thousands of people following an earthquake-triggered

tsunami on 26 December that wreaked havoc across continents. The

Churches Auxiliary for Social Action, an agency of 24 Orthodox

and Protestant churches in India and a member of Action by

Churches Together, said it had earmarked 95 million rupees (US$

2.2 million) in emergency relief to the victims of the tsunami in

south India and the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of

Bengal [487 words, ENI-04-0841]

World aid groups launch massive effort after tsunami disaster

Velankanni, India (ENI). Faith-based organizations and partner

emergency aid providers across the globe have mobilised as the

world reels from one its worst natural disasters, a series of

huge tidal waves called tsunami, triggered by a massive undersea

earthquake. In southern India on Sunday the fragrance of incense

perfumed the air near a spot on the Tamil Nadu coast where

millions of pilgrims gather every year. But on Tuesday at the

shrine of Velankanni there were no pilgrims, only the stench of

rotting corpses in the air. It was just one scene among hundreds

of similar other scenes in southern and southeast Asian

countries. [534 words, ENI-04-0840]

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