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Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 08:08 am
The number of Australians feared killed in the Asian tsunami has risen to 107. This is a larger number than were murdered in Bali. Some 950 are still missing.
(Point of comparison: the worst single-day loss of life on Australian soil happened during the February, 1942, Japanese attack on Darwin, in which 233 died.)
The government has committed much effort to assist, but you’ll understand how wretched and broken is the mood here (as it is in so many countries; Indonesia, for example, where 100,000 may have died). Please visit the Sydney Morning Herald, News Ltd, and the Melbourne Age for more stories.
Meanwhile, there is some good news. A friend writes to tell of someone who was able to return home from Thailand via Australian assistance:
He is a Norwegian citizen and it was the Aussies who got him out! He said they were the only country that was properly set up to handle tourists in trouble and were helping people from all countries.
It’s what Australians do.