The death of more than 50,000 people due to the tsunamis caused by a 9.0 earthquake is beyond words. All I can say is that we should all help as much as we can in the relief efforts. Here are some charities:
- Islamic Relief
- Médecins Sans Frontières
- American Red Cross (select International Response Fund)
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The Southeast Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog has links to more relief efforts.
The death toll has been increasing and disease is a real danger as well.
One of the world’s largest relief efforts is under way to help the millions of victims of the Asia quake, which killed more than 50,000 people.
International disaster assessment teams have fanned out to the affected countries and local agencies are distributing emergency aid.
The UN says it faces an unprecedented challenge in co-ordinating distribution of aid to some 10 nations at one time.
A huge undersea quake triggered sea surges, leaving millions homeless.
The disaster zone is now threatened with outbreaks of disease, which the UN health agency has warned could double the death toll.
Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Thailand were among the worst hit by Sunday’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which sent huge waves from Malaysia to Africa.
[…] “The first wave of destruction has caused tens of thousands of deaths, but the second wave of misery is really caused now by the water and sanitation systems.”
In Geneva, World Health Organisation (WHO) expert David Nabarro told reporters “there is certainly a chance that we could have as many dying from communicable diseases as from the tsunami”.
In Sri Lanka alone, more than one million people are displaced and aid workers are under pressure to ensure they have clean water and sanitation to prevent an outbreak of disease.
There have been deaths as far away as Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia.