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Tsunami may have killed up to four times as many women as men

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 18:51:29 -0400 (CLT)

More women appear to have been killed by the tsunami for a variety of
reasons. These include women staying behind to look for their children
(who they were often looking after when the wave hit) and women being less
likely to know how to swim or climb palm trees. In Aceh women have a high
level of participation in the labour force, but the wave struck on a
Sunday when they were at home and the men were out running errands, or
were out at sea (where the waves were less ferocious) or working in the
fields. Women in India were close to the shore, waiting for the fishermen
to come in with their catch. In Sri Lanka in Batticoloa District when the
tsunami hit it was the hour women on the east coast usually took their
baths in the sea. -
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/press/releases/tsunami_women260305.htm

Also, video reports at the BBC, but without a URL.  Currently linked from
http://news.bbc.co.uk

It's probably not worth a separate post (and old news), but I just found
out the Lancet Iraq death reports were misrepresented.  There's a good
discussion at Slate - http://slate.msn.com/id/2108887/

Andrew

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