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Monday, October 17, 2005

Earthquake News

It seems that the Earthquake in South Asia has gone off the front pages of western newspapers a lot quicker than the tsunami. This is probably due to the fact that firstly the tsunami occurred during the holidays when a lot of people were glued to their television sets and secondly that a lot more people had been to or knew people who had gone to Indonesia in particular.

I'm bringing this up not to diminish the effect of the tsunami but to keep people informed that public generosity as well as pressure on governments must be maintained as the Himalayan winter begins to take hold in a very inaccesible mountainous region.

Most estimates now have the death toll at over 50 000 and the number of homeless and ill at 2.5 million. This is a staggering amount and as Andreas Whittam Smith argues in today's Independent, the most pressing concern is helicopters. So far America has contributed 10 while Britain despite all of Tony Blair's humane rhetoric has contributed 0. If someone has an idea as to how many Coalition helicopters are currently in Afghanistan, please post a comment.

Meanwhile to end on a positive note, here is a truly inspiring story.

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