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Tsunami survivors struggle forward

AFP , LAM TUTUI, INDONESIA

Waste and bureaucratic bungling was underscored in October when the government destroyed more than five tonnes of rice and lentils donated by the World Food Programme for tsunami victims, as it rotted before distribution.

Mismanagement has also tainted the much smaller aid effort in Malaysia, which lost 68 people in the disaster and where government auditors have found mishandling of aid money that ended up in shoddy houses or fishing boats unsuitable for local waters.

THAILAND

In Thailand, where 5,400 people were killed — half of them foreign holidaymakers — tourism has bounced back, only to be buffeted by ongoing political turmoil.

The recent closure of airports in the southern province of Phuket and the capital Bangkok by anti-government protesters has led to a dip in arrivals, said Yiamsuriya Palusuk, the governor of Phangnga Province, one of five Thai provinces hit by the tsunami.

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