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30 Aug 2006 description
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Brian Hatchell , Special to Redcross.org

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - MALDIVES - It's tough to imagine having water problems on an island located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but that is exactly what thousands of people in the Maldives are facing.

The archipelago, approximately 400 miles southwest of Sri Lanka, is made up of 1,200 small coral islands, 200 of which are inhabited. Its highest point is less than eight feet (2.4 meters) above sea level.

07 Feb 2006 description
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Brian Hatchell , Press Officer, American Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Program

24 Mar 2005 description
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Stacey M. Winston , Press Officer, American Red Cross

Thursday, March 24, 2005 -- "Even now I am afraid the tsunami will come back," says 11-year-old Thola who is staying with her family in a tsunami displaced persons camp on Hulumale Island in the Maldives.

The Maldives, which means "garland of islands," experienced the fury of the tsunami when it raced through the Indian Ocean last December killing 82 people, affecting 100,000 individuals -- 30 percent of the population, destroying homes and livelihoods, and evoking fear in the lives of those who survived.

11 Feb 2005 description
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Friday, February 11, 2005 - After the devastating tsunami roared through the Indian Ocean and struck the Maldives in December, community leaders gathered to decide what assistance would help their cluster of islands get back on their collective feet.

08 Feb 2005 description
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Written by David Klavitter , Special to Redcross.org