Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Via the the Orlando Sentinel:
A U.S. military relief mission is underway in the tsunami-ravaged areas of southern Asia. Additional help is en route from military facilities in the region. Among the efforts:
By the numbers
- An aircraft carrier battle group off Sumatra is ferrying supplies to Banda Aceh.
- Supplies are being flown to Jakarta, Medan, and Banda Aceh. Surveillance aircraft are helping in search and rescue.
- Naval medical personnel are at work in Meulaboh.
- Military assessment teams in Sri Lanka, Thailand Indonesia are assisting those nations in getting supplies to the areas in greatest need.
U.S. military resources involved in the disaster relief effort:
- Personnel: 12,600
- Ships: 21
- Aircraft: 80
- Humanitarian aid: 430,000 pounds of food, supplies and equipment, including 76,800 daily rations to Medan and 32,000 rations to the Maldives.
Sources: Department of Defense, Associated Press
- A group of seven ships, including an amphibious assault ship and helicopters, is headed from Guam to Sri Lanka.
- Seven ships with the capacity to produce 90,000 gallons of fresh water per day are sailing from Diego Garcia and Guam.
- A field hospital ship in Guam may be ordered to the area, depending on need and the findings of assessment teams.
Graphic reporting by Brady MacDonald
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