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Sunday, 1 May, 2005

India gives survivors of tsunami 2p in compensation

There was anger and astonishment in India's Andaman and Nicobar islands this week after the Indian government started handing out compensation cheques to survivors of December's tsunami - for as little as two rupees (2p) each.

Residents of the islands, the area of India worst hit by the Boxing Day tsunami, have felt abandoned by the authorities since the disaster. While the relief effort elsewhere in India and in other affected countries was widely praised, in the Andamans it was so poor that at one point starving survivors had to kidnap a senior bureaucrat in order to force the authorities to distribute food.

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