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December 28, 2004



The tsunami wave caused by the earthquake in Sumatra two days ago killed a lot of people including foreign visitors who were enjoying their vacation. The number of deaths reported on the TV news is still increasing. As I was planning to visit Thailand this month, I cannot say the disaster is none of my business. The most shocking news was that Mare, the capital island of the Maldives, was attacked by the tidal wave and more than two thirds of the island got soaked. When I visited there five years ago, the small, flat and coral island was filled with people. I can easily imagine how much fear they felt when the enormous wave came up and there's no place to evacuate. The year 2004 was full of disaster; typhoons, earthquakes, and backache.

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