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McConnell details Scots wave toll
Jack McConnell
Jack McConnell expressed sympathy to those affected
At least three people from Scotland died in the tsunami disaster and a further three are on the missing list, the first minister has told MSPs.

The figures came out during a statement by Jack McConnell to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.

He formally expressed Scotland's sympathy for the victims of the Indian Ocean tidal wave which killed 150,000.

Mr McConnell went on to promise that Scotland would play its part in the reconstruction effort.

He said the provisional figures on the dead and lost had been provided by the police.

Public praised

Mr McConnell said the tragedy should persuade everyone to step up the fight against global poverty and change the world for the better.

He said he was proud of the generous response of people in Scotland to the disaster appeal, which is expected soon to top 20m.

The first minister also praised Scottish Water for immediately flying bottled water and five large generators to the disaster zone.

The Scottish Executive has seconded 11 staff to the aid agencies.
Dominic Stephenson and Eileen Lee were holidaying in Thailand
Tsunami victims Dominic Stephenson and Eileen Lee were holidaying in Thailand

But he said Scotland was "in it for the long term" with help planned for fishing communities, for children's services, and for the aid charities.

He said 2005 must be the year that Scotland showed clearly it cared for what happened to people elsewhere in the world, whether in Asia or in Africa.

Mr McConnell went on to signal that the executive would play its part in the Make Poverty History campaign being mounted by a variety of aid charities, trade unions and churches in the run-up to the G8 summit in Gleneagles in July.

Edinburgh architect, Dominic Stephenson, became the first Scot to be confirmed as a victim of the Asian tsunami.

The 27-year-old was holidaying on the Thai island of Koh Phi Phi with Eileen Lee, 24. She is still missing.




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