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chlamor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:00 PM
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Four Times As Many Women Died In Tsunami
Four times as many women died in tsunami

John Aglionby in Jakarta
Saturday March 26, 2005
The Guardian

Up to four times as many women as men died in the Boxing Day Asian tsunami, according to a report published today by Oxfam International.In four villages surveyed by the aid agency in the badly hit district of North Aceh in Indonesia, an average of 77% of the fatalities were women. In the worst affected village, Kuala Cangkoy, the proportion rose to 80%.

Data collected from Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu state in southern India produced a figure of 73% female fatalities. In Sri Lanka, information was hard to confirm but anecdotal evidence suggested about two thirds of those who died were women.

The reasons vary, but among the common factors is that many men were out fishing or away from home, so had more opportunity to flee the tsunami. In general, men could run faster to escape the water and those caught in the sea used their greater strength to survive by clinging on to debris.

In Aceh, the Indonesian province that bore the brunt of the disaster, many men have moved away from the province, which is beset by a separatist insurgency, to find work. Women, in contrast, were at home, and efforts to save their children slowed their flight.,3604,14...
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:02 PM
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1.  (BBC News)Most tsunami dead female - Oxfam
Saturday, 26 March, 2005, 00:27 GMT

More women than men were killed by the Asian tsunami, Oxfam figures from India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka suggest.

In some regions the disaster claimed four times as many women as men.

The charity says women were worst-hit because they were waiting on beaches for fishermen to return, or at home looking after children at the time...

...A staggering 80% of those who died in Kuala Cangkoy in North Aceh were women.

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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 09:14 PM
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2. Another reason...
One other reason a commentator said just a few days after the disaster was that women, particularly in Muslim countries, are not taught to swim out of modesty.

Don't know if it is true, but it seems like a better rationale than 'running faster'. I don't know many men who can outrun a tsunami wave, but IF one was enveloped, swimming skills might come in handy.
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