Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Celebrities and the recent tsunami

Keep the victims in your thoughts and prayers. IMDB has been reporting some of the latest victims with Hollywood ties.
Jet Li Escapes Tsunamis
Martial arts superstar Jet Li risked death in the Maldives at the weekend when he and his daughter were caught up in the tsunamis that rocked Asia. The Hero star was vacationing when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Sumatra early on Sunday, generating waves of up to 40 feet high, which swamped coastal areas and claimed the lives of more than 52,000. Li and his daughter dashed to safety when a wall of water surged into the hotel where they were staying, according to family friends. The pair dashed to higher ground, where Li called his agent to assure him they were OK.

Attenborough Mourns Granddaughter
British movie legend Lord Richard Attenborough's 14-year-old granddaughter Lucy has been killed by the horrific tsunami that struck Asia on Boxing Day. Oscar winner Attenborough's daughter, Jane Holland, 49, and her mother-in-law, also called Jane Holland, are both missing after the disaster hit the Thailand resort of Phuket where the family were holidaying with Lucy's sister Alice, 17, brother Sam and the children's father Michael Holland. Alice is being treated in hospital, but Michael and Sam escaped unhurt. A statement from the Attenborough family back in England says: "Lord Attenborough and his wife, Sheila, have lost three members of their immediate family in the tidal wave disaster that hit the beaches of Thailand on Boxing Day morning. Their eldest daughter Jane is missing, as is her mother-in-law Jane Holland. The Attenborough's granddaughter Lucy died at the scene. The Holland family left their London home last week for a two- week holiday at the Thai beach resort. Lord Attenborough, his wife, other daughter Charlotte, and son, Michael, together with their families, ask that the news media respect their need for privacy at this terrible time." To date, over 69,000 lives have been claimed by the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, India, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia and Somalia.

Supermodel Petra Caught Up in Tsunami Hell
Supermodel Petra Nemcova is recovering in hospital in Thailand after being swept away by the tsunamis that killed more than 50,000 people in Asia on December 26. The Czech Republic Victoria's Secret model was holidaying in Phuket with her photographer boyfriend Simon Atlee when waves overwhelmed their beach hut. Nemcova clung to a palm tree for eight hours, according to her New York-based spokesman, and suffered several broken bones, including a suspected broken pelvis. From her hospital bed, Nemcova recalled her recent hell to the New York Post. She said, "Kids were screaming all over the place, screaming, 'Help, help.' And after a few minutes, you didn't hear the kids anymore." British snapper Atlee, who shot the photographs for his girlfriend's new 2005 calendar, is still among those missing.
I dislike natural disasters with a passion!

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