BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Across the
kilometers of rubble where 200,000 people died Dec. 26 in a tsunami, dozens
of mechanical excavators peck at the rubble like so many giant birds.
As isolated survivors search in the rubble
for anything of value, the machines scoop up mud, boards, furniture, bricks,
books, crushed cars, bicycles, and the other remains of this city of 350,000
people, smashed by a 30- to 50-foot wall of water.
Officially, 119,000 died in Aceh Province,
most of them here in Banda Aceh. Another 115,000 are missing and presumed