Aid officials say it could take a generation to rebuild Asian countries hit by last week's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The head of World Vission Australia, Tim Costello , says the devastation around the Indian Ocean Basin recalls the suffering in Europe during and after the Second World War. Mr. Costello says Indonesia, Sri Lanka and other Asian nations hit by the tsunami need something similar to the Marshall Plan, in which the United States contributed the modern equivalent of $100 billion to spur the postwar recovery of 16 European countries.
Teams searching for bodies in tsunami-devastated Thailand are making a final push in the hardest hit areas. Nearly 4,000 people are still missing, but authorities say the recovery operation will end later this week and work will start to focus on reconstruction.
Burma has released thousands of prisoners to mark the 57th anniversary of the country's independence from Britain. A government-run newspaper says 5,588 prisoners have been freed on humanitarian grounds to coincide with the holiday.
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