December 28, 2004

A Ghastly Toll

The mind struggles to comprehend the sheer scope of the staggering loss of life caused by the undersea earthquake and tsunamis in Southeast Asia. The latest count is some 25,000 dead with, doubtless, many more fatalities to come given the numbers still unaccounted for. We can only hope and pray for this number to not grow by too much more. This vast human tragedy has already been far too cruel for so many. But, alas, and aside from direct fatalities, the carry-on effects look to be grim indeed going forward too:

The International Red Cross and government officials here - and in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, the Maldives and as far away as Somalia - warned that with hundreds of thousands of people stranded in the open without clean drinking water, epidemics of cholera and other waterborne diseases could take as many lives as the initial waves.

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Posted by Gregory at December 28, 2004 02:30 AM
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There are so many reports involving this disaster that we need to go back to the beginning to see where to start sorting things out.

The USGS notices an earthquake and issues a report 15 minutes later (some 3 hours before most of the devastation occurs). Many countries and individuals get the issued e-mail, but nobody in the affected area seems to be listening. Disaster occurs hours later .. the USA is to blame.

After year upon year of countries saying the US should mind their own business, now the US was supposed to mind their business. Were the French, Germans, Swedes, British, Dutch and the many other countries with dead citizens asleep while their citizens were being drown by a tidal wave ? Don't they own phones, FAXs and e-mail, too ? Are they really this worthless ?

Posted by: Neo at December 29, 2004 10:49 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I was trying to get a grasp of One Hundred Thousand, I have a post on my blog that tries to put it into perspective.

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