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Wednesday, 5 January, 2005

Hunt for Lost Andaman Islanders

Rescuers in India's Andaman and Nicobar archipelago are searching for half the population of an island who have been missing since the December tsunami, the BBC reports. About 4,500 people are unaccounted for on Katchall island, many of them tribals presumed swept away by waves. Teams are also clearing debris on Car Nicobar island. India's Supreme Court has lifted a ban on tree-felling on the islands to help rebuilding efforts.

Nearly 7,000 Andaman and Nicobar islanders are confirmed as dead or missing. Officials say Katchall was swept several times by the giant waves which followed the 26 December earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra. More than half of Katchall is still submerged, and geologists fear much of it may have been eaten away by the sea.

"The rest of our people have been eaten away by the sea," one Katchall survivor, Puthukumar, told the BBC.
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Thu Jan 06, 06:37:00 AM IST