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Posted by on Jan 6, 2005 in At TMV | 0 comments

Tsunami: UN Chief Shocked By Tidal Wave Damage

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was shocked by what he saw in the tsunami battered areas — calling it among the worst damage he has ever seen

"I have never seen such utter destruction mile after mile," a shaken Annan told reporters. "You wonder where are the people? What has happened to them?"

Indeed, by all accounts the 160,000-plus death toll is expected to climb for a while. More:

With tens of thousands still missing and others threatened by disease from the powerful waves that hit 11 nations, the United Nations said the death toll would keep climbing.

"I think we have to be aware that very, very many of the victims have been swept away and many, many will not reappear," U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland said in New York City.

Meanwhile, you an also see growing signs of the disaster moving into a new phase…a political one:

Security concerns for foreign aid workers emerged. The South Korean government asked its aid workers, some of them affiliated with Christian groups, not to engage in religious activities that could provoke Islamic radicals.

Also, in an apparent sign that American relief agencies want to keep a lower profile, several trucks delivering supplies from the United States removed large banners marking the source of the shipments.

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