Tsunami Mostly Avoids Industry, but Trade Still Rallies to Help

Initial reports indicate that December's 9.0 earthquake and the resulting tsunamis which devastated 11 Southeast Asian nations had little impact on that region's gem, diamond, and jewelry industries—though longer-lasting effects couldn't be determined yet. Three of the hardest-hit nations—Sri Lanka, Thailand, and India—are big exporters of gems and jewelry to the United States. For the most part, though, the tsunamis did not hit gem-producing areas, which are mostly located inland. But while few of the estimated 150,000 people that lost their lives in the tragedy were involved in the jewelry or gem industries, there were some. They included Kamal Rahman, a jeweler in Galle, Sri Lanka, whose store was on the beachfront, and Sangita Shah, of Mumbai, India, a writer about the diamond business, who died during a beach holiday in Phuket, Thailand, where the resort he and his family

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