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Maldives loses 42 islands as tsunami toll hits 117 (Global Warming Alert)
Yahoo News ^ | 12/30/2004

Posted on 12/30/2004 7:51:01 AM PST by jazzo

MALE (AFP) - At least 42 islands in the tourist paradise of the Maldives were flattened with 117 people killed and missing after tsunamis raved the low-lying atoll nation, the president said.

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom said 75 people were killed while another 42 were confirmed missing in Sunday's devastating tidal waves that caused havoc in his nation of 1,192 coral islands.

"We were not in any way prepared to deal with this disaster," Gayoom told a special session of the national parliament. The toll could be higher as the authorities re-establish contact with far flung islands, he said on Thursday.

"Maldives may be able to build a new life from scratch with financial assistance, but dealing with the widespread personal tragedy and despair would not be easy," he said.

The tragedy struck the atoll nation of 330,000 Sunni Muslims which is already facing the prospect of extinction from sea level rise caused by global warming. Gayoom had warned that a one-meter (three foot four inch) rise in sea levels could submerge his country.

When walls of water washed over the Maldives, the nation lost all the infrastructure on 13 of its 202 inhabited islands while another 29 of the country's 85 resort islands suffered similar damage.

Each island is a single resort hotel with the geographical formation allowing the country to keep foreigners and the local Sunni Muslim population separate except in the one square mile capital island Male.

Foreigners are not allowed to overnight on islands inhabited by Maldivians and special permission is required to visit them.

Gayoom, 67, who is Asia's longest serving president in power since 1978, has already declared an emergency and put off parliamentary elections that were due Friday.

Voting has been re-scheduled for January 22, but officials said even that could be put off again as the country struggled to rebuild itself amid initial estimates that the damage was in excess of 1.5 billion dollars.

Gayoom said 9,000 people had been evacuated from damaged islands while another 12,000 were made homeless across the archipelago.

"There are shortcomings in the relief operations," he admitted but urged all Maldivians to unite in the face of the worst disaster to hit the nation and said they were also getting international help.

Officials said a total of six foreigners, three Britons, two Sri Lankans and one Indian were among those confirmed killed.

The Maldives was getting a shipment of drinking water from Britain Thursday, officials said.

Scottish Water was sending thousands of bottles in an aircraft that was flying in to pick up stranded tourists.


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KEYWORDS: maldives; maldivestsunami; sumatraquake
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A true tragedy. But they were "doomed" anyway, due to global warming. The "lefties" never miss a chance to throw in global warming. Give it a rest.
1 posted on 12/30/2004 7:51:02 AM PST by jazzo
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To: jazzo
after tsunamis raved the low-lying atoll nation,

?

2 posted on 12/30/2004 7:54:19 AM PST by Tax-chick (To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.)
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To: jazzo
The tragedy struck the atoll nation of 330,000 Sunni Muslims which is already facing the prospect of extinction from sea level rise caused by global warming. Gayoom had warned that a one-meter (three foot four inch) rise in sea levels could submerge his country.

Had this been a meteor...they still would have spliced it in.
3 posted on 12/30/2004 7:54:38 AM PST by Dallas59 ("A weak peace is worse than war" - Tacitcus)
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"Foreigners are not allowed to overnight on islands inhabited by Maldivians and special permission is required to visit them."

No kidding. What a friendly place.


4 posted on 12/30/2004 7:55:02 AM PST by TFine80
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To: jazzo; snopercod
the prospect of extinction from sea level rise caused by global warming

5 posted on 12/30/2004 7:55:29 AM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: jazzo

I guess there's no sense in rebuilding the islands since they were doomed anyway.


6 posted on 12/30/2004 7:55:37 AM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: jazzo

You would think that people who are that close to or at sea level would figure out some sort of protection? Nothing would have helped against a disaster of this magnitude but if your country is going to be destroyed if the water raises 3 feet then maybe investing in some sea walls or levees would have been a good idea?


7 posted on 12/30/2004 7:56:04 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Up is down, Black is white but I do *NOT* love Big Brother)
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To: jazzo
allowing the country to keep foreigners and the local Sunni Muslim population separate

Gee, I can't imagine why.

8 posted on 12/30/2004 7:58:29 AM PST by P.O.E. (Happy New Year)
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To: Dallas59

Channeling Sam Kinison....

You live on a postage stamp in the ocean!!!!!!!!!!

There's water in the ocean!!!!!!!

If the water rises, you die!!!!!!!!!!

Move, you morons!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 12/30/2004 7:58:55 AM PST by nhoward14 (Frodo failed. Hillary has the One Ring.)
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To: TFine80
>No kidding. What a friendly place

My understanding
is that you can not visit
Midway without lots

of permission slips
and a special tracking thing.
And we own Midway . . .

Left-wing eco-nuts
dominate the planet, and
call us oppressive . . .

10 posted on 12/30/2004 7:59:52 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: jazzo

I know a some banking people who have dealt with this "country"...I am told they are all a bunch of d**n
crooks.


11 posted on 12/30/2004 8:01:31 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tax-chick

razed, maybe?

"We were not in any way prepared to deal with this disaster,"

Yet, the crazed leftists cannot wait to blame the U.S. Another reason why they threw in the global warming thing. I'm surprized they didn't mention President Bush's refusal of the Kyoto Treaty.

When the earthquake hit California a few years back, some newswoman had on a couple of geologists. She asked them if global warming was the cause, expecting praise for the question instead of the disturbed looks she got instead.


12 posted on 12/30/2004 8:04:40 AM PST by kenth (Please don't make me have to put a sarcasm tag... it ruins perfectly good sarcasm.)
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To: jazzo

To show how stupid I am, I thought for many years that global warming was caused by the sun.


13 posted on 12/30/2004 8:05:09 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: jazzo
"We were not in any way prepared to deal with this disaster," Gayoom told a special session of the national parliament.

I'm no expert here, Gayoom, but I'd say it's time for a little emergency planning. What a maroon.

14 posted on 12/30/2004 8:05:42 AM PST by searchandrecovery (... --- ... ...---... ...---...)
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To: Tax-chick
after tsunamis raved the low-lying atoll nation,

It's pretty simple to understand. The tsunamis danced all night to techno beats and did Ecstacy.

15 posted on 12/30/2004 8:06:41 AM PST by Lazamataz ("Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown" -- harpseal)
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To: TFine80

Foreign money would be welcome, however.


16 posted on 12/30/2004 8:07:09 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: jazzo
The tragedy struck the atoll nation of 330,000 Sunni Muslims which is already facing the prospect of extinction from sea level rise caused by global warming. Gayoom had warned that a one-meter (three foot four inch) rise in sea levels could submerge his country.

Would seem that Saudi Arabia is responsible for providing the poison that is destroying their country.

17 posted on 12/30/2004 8:08:12 AM PST by Mike Darancette (MESOCONS FOR RICE '08)
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To: nhoward14
Move, you morons!!!!!!!!!!!

LOL...There is no water in the desert. There is no food in the desert. Get out of the !@#$%$ desert!!!!!
18 posted on 12/30/2004 8:10:16 AM PST by microgood (Washington State: Ukraine without the poison)
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To: kenth

Razed seems probable. Maybe they meant "ravaged."


19 posted on 12/30/2004 8:11:25 AM PST by Tax-chick (To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.)
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To: jazzo
"We were not in any way prepared to deal with this disaster"

I reckon praying 5 times a day to Allah doesn't really leave much time for preparedness.

20 posted on 12/30/2004 8:11:44 AM PST by Ashamed Canadian
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To: Mike Darancette

Perhaps the Saudis would take them in, the poor dears.


21 posted on 12/30/2004 8:12:29 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: jazzo

I sort of don't blame President Gayoom for spreading his global warming nonsense. He is president of an island nation whose fate is solely in God's hands.

Just as God took the mythical nation of Atlantis, He may also take the Maldives. And, neither SUVs or greenhouse gas emissions contributing to the junk science of "global warming" will have had a thing to do with.

It's a terrible and sad trgedy that has struck those nations, but using it to exploit the nonsense of global warming is just more leftist politics to try and control the rest of the world.


22 posted on 12/30/2004 8:12:50 AM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: jazzo
"We were not in any way prepared to deal with this disaster," Gayoom told a special session of the national parliament.

Failure to prepare on your part does NOT constitute a crisis on our part!

23 posted on 12/30/2004 8:15:18 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: TFine80
"Foreigners are not allowed to overnight on islands inhabited by Maldivians and special permission is required to visit them."

But they will cheerfully accept all aid offers.

24 posted on 12/30/2004 8:19:47 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: kcvl; Rebelbase; bonfire; oceanperch; txflake; bd476; Petronski; borntobeagle; Nexus; ...

Take a look at this story!


25 posted on 12/30/2004 8:20:31 AM PST by Howlin
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To: jazzo

Well... and the Tsunami was apparently caused by evil American corporations spearheaded by Bush.


26 posted on 12/30/2004 8:21:12 AM PST by Kurt_D
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To: jazzo
The tragedy struck the atoll nation of 330,000 Sunni Muslims which is already facing the prospect of extinction from sea level rise caused by global warming. Gayoom had warned that a one-meter (three foot four inch) rise in sea levels could submerge his country.

This is it! We should move all the terrorists from Gitmo, Iraq, and the rest of the world here. This will definitely do the job. Let allah save them. Global warming could be very useful for fighting terrorism.

Hey! Don't get mad at me. I'm trying to "bridge the gap" with Lefties for all of us. I think I've found it.

27 posted on 12/30/2004 8:21:25 AM PST by MoJo2001 (Operation Valentine's Day ---Begins January 1st - January 21st..www.proudpatriots.org)
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To: Tax-chick

28 posted on 12/30/2004 8:22:40 AM PST by Howlin
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To: jazzo
Each island is a single resort hotel with the geographical formation allowing the country to keep foreigners and the local Sunni Muslim population separate except in the one square mile capital island Male. Foreigners are not allowed to overnight on islands inhabited by Maldivians and special permission is required to visit them.
29 posted on 12/30/2004 8:23:01 AM PST by Kurt_D
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To: Howlin

Wiped the shrubbery right off, didn't it? I guess we'd call that "razed."


30 posted on 12/30/2004 8:24:12 AM PST by Tax-chick (To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.)
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To: jazzo

What the heck are we worrying about a Sunnie Muslim nation for? They are the enemy.


31 posted on 12/30/2004 8:25:24 AM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: shubi

Actually we should help them. Let's show them the moral superiority of Western civilization!


33 posted on 12/30/2004 8:27:37 AM PST by Kurt_D
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To: theFIRMbss

Midway is a secure government facility.


34 posted on 12/30/2004 8:27:41 AM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: Tax-chick
These pictures are BEFORE.

It looked like heaven, didn't it?

35 posted on 12/30/2004 8:29:45 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Very pretty! I think I recognize that last photo from a calendar!


37 posted on 12/30/2004 8:31:55 AM PST by Tax-chick (To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.)
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To: jazzo
The Four Seasons Resort at Maldives. All the resorts are on similar low-level islands -- six feet above sea level

<img src="http://www.fourseasons.com/image_library/MAL/MAL_152_320x400_web-large.jpg">

<img src="http://www.fourseasons.com/image_library/MAL/MAL_152_320x400_web-large.jpg">

<img src="http://www.fourseasons.com/image_library/MAL/MAL_115_320x400_web-large.jpg">

<img src="http://www.visitmaldives.com.mv/images/nav-mal/geo2.jpg">

38 posted on 12/30/2004 8:33:06 AM PST by Zon (Honesty outlives the lie, spin and deception -- It always has -- It always will.)
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To: shubi

Actually I met a few Mohammedans from the Maledives a few years ago. They are decent people and far away from belonging to the "homicide bombing" crowd.


39 posted on 12/30/2004 8:33:21 AM PST by Kurt_D
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To: nhoward14

LOL! Nicely done, well played.


40 posted on 12/30/2004 8:34:58 AM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: shubi; Admin Moderator

Can you purge idiots like this? I think it stains the name of FR to have this type of crap posted that could very well be from a troll signup trying to make the site look bad by posting this garbage.


41 posted on 12/30/2004 8:35:26 AM PST by Rebelbase (Who is General Chat?)
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To: jazzo
Each island is a single resort hotel with the geographical formation allowing the country to keep foreigners and the local Sunni Muslim population separate except in the one square mile capital island Male.

"Foreigners are not allowed to overnight on islands inhabited by Maldivians and special permission is required to visit them."

I believe that Israel has the same idea with their wall. Maybe we should do the same thing in Iraq and other places.

Where the hell is Osama and the rest of the Sunni rich guys.

This may be a good opportunity to send more of those sunni muslims from Iraq down there to rebuild their paradice.
42 posted on 12/30/2004 8:36:33 AM PST by OKIEDOC (LL THE)
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We should not help them until they surrender to us.

I hope you are being sarcastic.

43 posted on 12/30/2004 8:37:51 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: jazzo

Enivronmentalist fearmongering nonsense.

The most credible reports on sea level rise state that we will not know for another 30 years whether or not sea levels are rising - at which time we will statistically be able to discern the relationship between sea level and local land levels.

OTOH - recent reports have noted that increases in atmospheric CO2 and warmer waters have accelerated the growth of coral.


44 posted on 12/30/2004 8:38:06 AM PST by kidd
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To: Howlin
Beautiful islands, so tragic. It sounds as if they had configured a way to have tourism and keep their native, ethnic and religious traditions without friction.

With the loss of so many islands, it's going to be a difficult challenge to keep tourism healthy and their citizens content.

45 posted on 12/30/2004 8:38:26 AM PST by bd476
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To: Zon
The Four Seasons Resort at Maldives. All the resorts are on similar low-level islands -- six feet above sea level


46 posted on 12/30/2004 8:40:50 AM PST by Zon (Honesty outlives the lie, spin and deception -- It always has -- It always will.)
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All this global cooling is a result of global warming. Didn't you know? LoL!

Hopefully a few more big waves will sweep them to Muhammad's brothel in the afterlife.


47 posted on 12/30/2004 8:44:28 AM PST by Nuzcruizer
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To: TFine80
Foreigners are not allowed to overnight on islands inhabited by Maldivians...

So the tourists are segregated from the locals who happen to be Sunni Muslims? The offendi can bring their filthy money to support the unwashed masses of Allah, but they dare not step foot onto the turf of the Religion of Peace - heads would roll.

When politicos tell us that the majority of Muslims in the world are benign to us personally or to our culture, remember this article. The Koran, Hadith and the Prophet order the followers of Islam to slay or convert the infidel...

48 posted on 12/30/2004 8:48:42 AM PST by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent...)
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To: jazzo

I guess that means I can go out at low tide and claim a sand bar as my own "country".


49 posted on 12/30/2004 8:48:52 AM PST by WL-law
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To: jazzo

bump


50 posted on 12/30/2004 8:55:17 AM PST by VOA
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