BERLIN, Germany -- Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who was evacuated from his seaside Sri Lankan vacation hotel when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit, said the devastation reminded him of World War II bombing.
New York, USA -- The chief monk of a Queens Buddhist temple returned from tsunami-wrecked Sri Lanka Wednesday and immediately appealed for medicine, financial help and construction tools for his native country.
SEATTLE, WA (USA) -- The friends and supporters of Earth Sanctuary, a unique meditation parkland and nature reserve on Whidbey Island, join the world community in mourning the victims of the devastating Dec. 26 earthquake and accompanying tsunami.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- It was already 8.30pm as I drove my dad's car loaded with boxes medicines to Buddhist Maha Vihara. Traffic leading to the vihara was heavy and my vehicle got stuck for close to an hour infront of the police station, less than 1km away from the temple's ground.
By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times, January 16, 2005
GALLE, Sri Lanka -- In one of the largest relief efforts in history, a new issue is cropping up: mismatched aid. Relief groups have opened boxes meant for tsunami survivors to discover coats sent by donors apparently unaware the island nation is in the tropics, as well as polyester shirts and pants, which don't absorb sweat, and fleece baby clothes.
PATONG, Thailand -- Some 100 Budhhist monks led a mass cleansing ritual Tuesday at popular Patong beach on the resort island of Phuket to dispel fears among residents and Asian tourists that restless spirits of tsunami victims are haunting the area.