Did you have a nice, safe Christmas?

Tens of thousands of people in Asia didn't. They were hit by a terrible tsunami. Many have died, almost 70,000 so far. And that number will probably go up even more.

The devastating number of people who are dead in this reagion (animation of the tsunami's way through the region), is nothing against the number of people whose homes have been washed away, who've become separated from their family members.

The death toll is expected to rise even further, not because of the tsunami itself, but because sanitary and health systems have been swept away. Waterbourne diseases will flourish in situations as these. And clean water is essential to avoid mass-epidemics of for example cholera.

If you're so inclined, say a prayer for the people who've been hit by this disaster. And if you're able to do so, make a contribution to one of the organisations rushing to their aid:

World Food Programme.
WHO
Red Cross Red Crescent
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Oxfam
Save the Children (UK)

Wednesday, December 29, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 8:34 AM