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Annan visits victims in Sri Lanka

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Kofi Annan has arrived in Sri Lanka to see for himself the devastation left behind by the tsunamis, and the relief effort to help the victims.

The UN Secretary General’s visit to the island nation comes as aid officials said they were close to getting at least some food and basic supplies to everyone affected in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Somalia. That is a total of over 750,000 people. However, isolated parts of Indonesia are still cut off from the outside world. Over 4.5 billion euros has been pledged by governments, individuals and companies worldwide. G7 countries have also suspended debt repayments for the states affected. The death toll across the disaster area is at least 153,000 people – over 30,000 in Sri Lanka and over 100,000 in Indonesia.