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Originally posted by shaunybaby
I believe there could be as many as 250,000 confirmed dead, and around another 100,000 to 200,000 that have not yet been accounted for so they won't let out in the media that this is the true figure.
Originally posted by Murcielago
A lot died because on an poor infastructure to begin with.
Its crazy how Flordia can get hit back to back by 4 hurricanes and a little over one hundred died. But a 9.0 quake (and some waves) killed a quarter on a million.
I think the main reason for this many dead is the lack of infastructure.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
I think you're both right and wrong. There is a sympathy scam going on here, but they don't have to inflate numbers to achieve the desired effect. The numbers are there, and then some. How many foreign contractors for companies like ExxonMobil died down there, with a rifle in their hand, protecting american oil equipment from indigenous rebels? The world may never know.
Aceh was one of the hardest hit provinces I believe, and that was and still is an area closed to reporters and foreigners of any kind. There has been fierce fighting there for many years, guerillas trying to oust foreign (american) oil interests. I wonder also, how many native deaths will go uncounted. The official death toll will represent all those bodies that washed up and were recorded in some person's book, probably alongside all the names of those reported missing by their loved ones and never found who were presumed drowned.
The actual death toll is higher than official numbers in a situation like this, a disaster spread out over a large, remote area (14 nations I think?!), some parts of which were engaged in heavy fighting, resistance versus counter insurgency teams.
It's like trying to get accurate numbers on the holocaust or an obscure african war in the seventeenth century. There's no way to get enough accurate data on those lost and unreported.
Some waves? Do you understand how big this "wave" was. Have you seen the videos available of this little "wave". I would have to say you don't know what you are talking about. The hurricaines and the storm surges associated with them are nothing compared to a tsunami of this magnitude.