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Asia and East Africa Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Dec 29, 2004

TSUNAMI IN ASIA AND EAST AFRICA Public Announcement December 28, 2004 This Public Announcement is being issued to inform U.S. citizens about conditions in countries affected by the December 26 Tsunami. It will expire on January 28, 2005.

The Tsunami struck several Asian and East African countries December 26, causing devastation in some -- but not all regions of these countries. The following areas were affected:

-- INDONESIA: The Northern and Western parts of the Indonesian Island of Sumatra, and particularly the province of Aceh. Tourist destinations in Bali and Eastern Indonesia were not affected.

-- SRI LANKA AND MALDIVES: The Southern and Eastern coastal areas of Sri Lanka and the island of Male in the Maldives.

-- THAILAND: The Southwestern and coastal areas of Thailand encompassing the provinces of Phuket, Phang-Nga and Krabi. Areas particulary hard hit include Phuket, Phi Phi Island, Krabi, and several small islands in this area. Islands in the Gulf of Thailand (such as Koh Samui) were not affected by the tsunami.

-- MALAYSIA: The Northwest coast of Malaysia especially, Penang and Langkawi.

-- INDIA and THE ANDAMAN and NICOBAR ISLANDS: The Southeastern coast of India on the Bay of Bengal including the Andaman Islands.

-- BURMA: The Western coast on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

-- BANGLADESH: The Southern coast on the Bay of Bengal.

-- SOMALIA: Coastal region.

-- KENYA: Coastal region.

-- TANZANIA: Coastal region.

-- SEYCHELLES: Coastal region.

The Department of State encourages all American citizens living or traveling in any part of these countries, even if not directly affected by this crisis, to call or e-mail family members to let them know their welfare. Americans traveling in these countries who require assistance should contact the closest Embassy or Consulate. U.S. citizens may also obtain up-to-date information by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, and 317-472-2328 from overseas.

Further Department of State travel information, including the complete text of the Consular Information Sheets for the affected countries, is available at the Department of State's website: http://travel.state.gov.

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