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Nat Geo licenses docu 'Tsunami: Killer Wave'

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MUMBAI: National Geographic Television International (NGTI) has issued licenses for its documentary Tsunami: Killer Wave to a number of broadcasters, globally.

These include ZDF Arte in France and Germany, DRS in Switzerland, ORF in Austria, YLE in Finland, TV2 in Norway, SBS in Belgium, PT Lativi in Indonesia and the European feed of National Geographic Television International. NGTI will be donating a percentage of the licence fees of this show to the Tsunami appeal. National Geographic Television & Film has also started work on a new Tsunami programme.

Tsunami: Killer Wave has been in demand since the Tsunami natural disaster struck South East Asia. Broadcasters are seeking to support their news coverage of the natural disaster and explore the science behind this major catastrophe with more in-depth features.

The documentary follows tsunami scientists across the globe as they reconstruct the effects of past tsunamis and decipher the threats posed by future ones. It uses historical footage, photographs and interviews with tsunami survivors to paint a picture of a natural disaster that has been wreaking havoc for thousands of years.

This show has also achieved a degree of international fame as it was the one watched by Abdul Razzak, who is credited with saving 1500 of his neighbours on the remote Indian island of Tarasa Dwip. Razzak was a big fan of the National Geographic Channel. When his watchtower at India's Port Management Board started shaking, he correctly deduced what was happening from his viewing of the show. He was able to alert five villages and this small good news story was covered in media around the globe.

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