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Thursday 6 January 2005

Tsunami-hit Seychelles appeals for $9 mln aid

News Update - Reuters

Seychelles is appealing for $9 million to help rebuild roads, bridges and schools ravaged by the tsunamis, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

The Indian Ocean archipelago, which lies more than 7,000 kms (4,350 miles) from the epicentre of the undersea earthquake, suffered widespread damage when massive waves hit three of its islands on Dec. 26.

Sylvestre Radegonde, principal secretary of the foreign affairs ministry, said the total damage was about $30 million.

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