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A number of world leaders attending the emergency summit in Jakarta are due to arrive in Sri Lanka for a first-hand view of the island’s tsunami tragedy that killed more than 30,500 people, officials said. A number of world leaders attending the emergency summit in Jakarta are due to arrive in Sri Lanka for a first-hand view of the island’s tsunami tragedy that killed more than 30,500 people, officials said. US Secretary of State Colin Powell and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan were to arrive in Colombo Friday morning, officials at the US and South Korean embassies here said.

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was likely to arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning, a spokesperson at the UN office here said.

“We are still preparing the details of the secretary general’s visit,” the spokesperson said.

Annan is expected to visit the east coast of Sri Lanka, primarily the district of Ampara which was one of the worst affected by the catastrophe.

Powell was also due to visit some of the worst tsunami-hit areas including the devastated southern region of Galle, where US marines will be based for relief operations, the US embassy said in a statement.

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