December 28, 2004

Over 40,000 Dead

This tragedy couldn't pass without comment.

44,000 are thought to be dead from the tsunami caused by the largest earthquake in decades. More are expected to die from sanitation failures and lack of fresh water, and that figure is likely to be an underestimate already.

There's a longer list of relief organizations here, and a few more here.

Posted by natasha at December 28, 2004 02:26 PM | International | Technorati links |

WAY above this Natasha. They've been saying 60 this afternoon...


Posted by: John at December 28, 2004 03:14 PM

And at the same time I actually have to give props to Herr George. They are sending Marines from Okinawa from what I heard and C130's will be en route soon if they aren't all ready.

Funny (and sad) quote from CNN: "We can't send soldiers in without knowing exactly what task they are going to do once on the ground." That comes from someone at the White House.

Posted by: John at December 28, 2004 03:30 PM

My wife was reorganized out her job last March and has been seeking work since then. We've learned to live far more simply, on less than half our previous income, but there's usually very little to spare. Today, as I gave a hard-to-come-by $100 to the disaster relief fund through B'nai Brith (, I was struck by a question. "How much is Ken Lay giving?"

Take a look at the coverage of the White House's response to the disaster given at Pandagon if you really want to get angry. I totally agree with their take that the Bush administration is letting yet another world-changing event pass them by (the first was 9/11 until they realized the political advantage of the presidents presence in New York) without even a thought of being present somewhere in the area affected by the tsunami. Instead, they offer token support with no authentic idea of what they might actually do to provide some leadership.

David, Seattle

Posted by: tres_arboles at December 29, 2004 04:12 PM

I am of humble means, well, I guess not too humble if I have a computer and cable internet, but I am sending as much as I can, after I pay all of my bills this month, to Doctors W/out Borders. We eat out every Saturday and we'll just eat in for a month and add that amount to our total donation.
I also wonder how much money will be coming from the ultra-rich in response to what is being called the biggest natural---or human-made--- disasters of the modern era.

Posted by: Babba at December 29, 2004 04:27 PM