Tsunami update. Pledges don't equal cash! January 17, 2005 5:23 AM
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Oxfam has complained that the generous pledges of the world's largest countries, are not being met or not being met timely.
People were so ready to talk about "money" collected for the Tsunami relief. There is a big difference between cash and pledges and whilst the millions and millions of cash contributed by the public turned up, it was a different story regarding the "pledges". Money just isn't turning up in the form of liquid funds, making the pledges a farce. The pretty words have to be turned into deeds to be called aid.
Tsunami Death Toll May Top 270,000 - Jan 17 09.45 GMT - http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4010478
Sri Lankan officials said today they expect the country’s tsunami death toll to exceed 40,000 people, as emergency workers pull more bodies from the rubble three weeks after the disaster. Worldwide, the December 26 quake and tsunami has officially killed 163,000 people across 11 countries.
But scores are still missing and the Indonesian death toll may top 210,000, officials have said. It is feared that the final death toll in the Indian Ocean nations will exceed 270,000.
The new figures rank the tsunami in the same category as a 1976 earthquake in China that killed at least 255,000 people. The worst natural disaster since 1750 is thought to have been a flood in China in 1939 that killed an estimated 3.7 million people.
A list compiled by the Disaster Management Task Force for Indonesia’s devastated Aceh province gave the number of people known to have died in the disaster at 78,395 and said another 131,479 remained lost or missing.
In Sri Lanka, the National Disaster Management Centre has counted 30,920 dead with 6,020 people still missing. The Public Security Ministry said today the toll was 38,195 dead – or 7,275 higher – but it wasn’t clear if that figure included the missing. Despite the conflicting numbers, both agencies said the toll would rise further. “Dead bodies are still being retrieved from the rubble,” said Thilak Ranavirajah, secretary to the public security ministry, in announcing the higher numbers. “The final toll may be more than 40,000 people.” The Management Centre, which is part of the president’s office, agreed with the forecast but maintained its lower confirmed toll. “We are expecting the toll to go over 40,000,” said RM Jayasinghe, a director at the centre. “Maybe after about a month, we have to decide to alter the missing figure and add it to the deaths.”
At least 162,705 people have been reported dead around southern Asia and as far away as Somalia on Africa’s eastern coast from the earthquake and massive tsunami that smashed coastlines on December 26.
Death tolls by country:
– Indonesia: 115,229
– Sri Lanka: 30,920
– India: 10,714
– Thailand: 5,291
– Somalia: 298
– Myanmar: 90
– Maldives: 82
– Malaysia: 68
– Tanzania: 10
– Bangladesh: 2
– Kenya: 1
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The ones that promised the most and paid the least
Situation varies daily and sometimes a bad conscience plays into the hands of the aid supporters.
However, the worst offenders right now are those Indonesians trying to throw out the military and civilian aid workers - or at least threatening them.
This really isn't the time for religious playing around
PS At 102 you'd better keep away from Perth this weekend mate. The air isnt too good and there's a health hazard. See http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1285651.htm
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