Its been an year since the Tsunami.. and lots of money poured in for help.. but has it all gone to where it belonged?? This is an article regarding this issue!
One year ago — Dec. 26, 2004 — a tsunami walloped a huge swathe of the world from Indonesia all the way to Africa. Some 300,000 people were swept to their deaths, from the grandson of the king of Thailand and the daughter and granddaughter of film director Richard Attenborough to Njoroge, a Nairobi car mechanic, who picked the wrong day for his first visit to the beautiful East African coast and died a statistical fluke, his country’s solitary fatality from the disaster.
48 hours is pretty damn impressive given that some of the areas were very remote in Andaman! Even Katrina response in US was worse. In this survey it aso came out that unlike other countries where Internation agencies and NGOs got better marks … in India the Govt. agencies were better off.
Compared to Sri Lanka and Indonesia, India responded well to the December 26 tsunami by providing rescue and relief services within 48 hours, according to a survey undertaken by an international organisation.
However, life for tsunami victims in all these countries is far from normal even almost a year after the tragedy, said the survey report released by Fritz Institute, a US-based non-profit organisation dedicated to addressing complex operational challenges in the delivery of humanitarian aid to people and communities in need.
The damage has been extensive.. like a friend was telling me that a Pakistani family he knows lost 52 of their family members! An entire battalion has been buried!
Pakistan needs at least $5.2bn to recover from last month’s earthquake, President Pervez Musharraf has said.
He called funds received so far from international donors “negligible” and said he hoped to raise the money needed at an Islamabad conference on Saturday.
The head was throbbing as the cell phone alarm woke me up this morning I went over to look out of my windows – FOGGY! Hmm.. So its another of those days!
Breakfast was a modest cereal and fruits – I need to get a handle on my weight.
Meanwhile India lost the match to South Africa.. which was bit of a shock… since they had been doing well. The interesting thing about the Indians is that the seniors are not coming out with any contributions.. while the young guns have been left to fend for the team! After being 35 for 5 in around 11 overs… Yuvraj stuck it out and scored a century to take India to a respectable 249 in 50 overs. South Africa made it will Kallis coming through. Pathan got a beating this time!
At least 17 people have been killed and dozens injured by a tornado that hit the US state of Indiana.
Most of the dead were in a trailer park in the town of Evansville, where mobile homes were devastated by high winds.
The tornado touched down in northern Kentucky before crossing into south-western Indiana at about 0200 local time (0800 GMT).
The US National Weather Service issued warnings for the area about 30 minutes before the tornado struck.
China and Vietnam reported new bird flu outbreaks in poultry yesterday despite massive prevention efforts, while Japan prepared to destroy 180,000 birds to stop a suspected outbreak and Thailand announced plans to distribute its own generic antiviral drug.
As global jitters mounted, a meeting of ministers from 17 African nations appealed to the continent’s governments to share resources, warning that migratory birds from Europe and Asia could carry the virus to their shores.
”The first birds should hit the continent in two to three weeks,” said Aberra Deressa, Ethiopia’s agriculture minister, at the conference in Kigali, Rwanda. ”We cannot move separately, we have to move together or we will fail.”
Man is a profit loving animal.. who cannot get away from betting as a gambler to make more money. Here is a “Letter to the Editor” of Daily Times (a Pakistani Daily). The anguish and disgust of the writer is very palpable!
Sir: In total disregard of the sufferings of the earthquake victims, some miscreants in the twin cities have been predicting more earthquakes on specific dates. The rumours are now so widespread that in spite of repeated assurances by geologists that such predictions are baseless the electronic as well as print media has been forced to carry some of the stories. This has caused unwarranted panic among the residents of Islamabad and its suburbs.
This bird flu stuff is serious! It can affect the entire world in a way that we all will regret. Maybe its time for the world to become vegetarian now? 🙂 Here is a news item from BBC on the 3rd outbreak in China!!
China has reported its third major outbreak of bird flu in two weeks.
Officials said 545 chickens and ducks died of the virus in a village in the central Hunan province, and almost 2,500 had been killed as a precaution.
Earlier outbreaks hit Inner Mongolia and Anhui provinces, but so far China has seen no human bird flu deaths.