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Thursday, December 30, 2004
Indian Ocean Tsunami - weblife contribution
Web users pitch in to global relief effort
by Jesse Hogan
The Age Online
December 30, 2004
As distressed Australian relatives trawl the hospitals of tsunami-affected countries, the internet is proving an unlikely tool in their quest to find friends and relatives.
With telephone hotlines often engaged and the language barrier making information-gathering even harder, many of the most valuable volunteers helping reunite people have not even had to leave home to do so.
A dedicated band of internet bloggers and website creators are providing people around the world with phone numbers for hospitals and embassies in tsunami-affected countries, and a database of missing people ...
Locally, some news websites have urged overseas readers to submit stories and pictures of the tsunami, with ABC Online providing a collection of eyewitness accounts. The Age Online has done likewise, and has created a bulletin board for people trying to contact relatives overseas ...
Compiled by Jesse Hogan
December 30, 2004
Websites providing information on victims and survivors of the Asian earthquake and tsunami.
A detailed blog that offers list of aid agen cies responding to the disaster, how to donate, and a list of contact numbers for emergency services in each country.
A site for Sri Lankan expats that details the situation in Sri Lanka.
Many postings from people looking for loved ones.
Mostly in Thai, but has English link to a regularly updated list of hospital patients.
Messages from Scandinavians looking for relatives dominate this site but it has a section devoted to Australians.
Regularly updated mix of local news reports and Thai Government information.
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