Thursday, January 6, 2005

Gov. Bush, Powell shocked by devastation: "Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed horror Wednesday after viewing the devastation left by the tsunami on the island of Sumatra, and said the miles of flattened houses and ruined rice fields were the most shocking scenes of disaster he had seen during his four-decade career in the military and government.

"'I've been in war, and I've have been through a number of hurricanes, tornados and other relief operations, but I have never seen anything like this,' the former general said. 'The power of the wave to destroy bridges, to destroy factories, to destroy homes, to destroy crops, to destroy everything in its path is amazing.'

"Powell was accompanied by Gov. Jeb Bush and other U.S. officials in a helicopter tour of areas hit hard in the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. At least 94,000 were killed in Indonesia and more than 140,000 died in 12 countries overall."

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