Have you all read or heard of this devastating tragedy? I feel very saddened and feeling the loss of friends, the beautiful natures that are no longer there. If you have any extra cash or anything that you think can help the survivor to move on, I am very2 positive they would be highly appreciated! Just check on the net, how you may be able to help them, ie the red crescent society, Mercy etc.
- May they rest in peace and God bless & mercy for them survivors... Ameen.
I have been watching it unfold on Sky News, CNN and BBC World and, as I sit in my loungeroom surrounded by my family, I just can't comprehend the pain, suffering and loss that millions of people around the world must be feeling at this time.
I went to church on Christmas morning and took Holy Communion. It's times like these that I wonder where my God is.
I've been following it on Sky News and the BBc (plus online) since the story broke.
The power of nature is amazing, but this is a horrible tragedy. I feel sorry for anyone affected.
I don't have much to give, but i donated a little something to the canadian red cross who are sending relief to the affected areas.
For those of us who have enjoyed the hospitality of the friendly and helpful people of any of these places it is so very saddening and with such a feeling of total helplessness to be unable to help them when they most need it, those of us in the medical profession possibly feel it even more so as we watch the scenes unfold and will be watching the continuing efforts to find survivors.
We will offer them our prayers and our support over the days, weeks and months ahead as they rebuild their homes and devastated lives.
Please remember that many of them will be depending on our tourist contribution to help them in this process, so much of their megre economy is based on that source of income, when it is possible, please do go back and "be there for them" in any possible way.
After days of watching the tragedy unfold in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Africa and all those other countries hit by this terrible act of nature it still leaves me shocked to watch the images coming in. I have been meaning to post something about it from the start but just couldn't find a way to put my thoughts into words.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who have been affected in some way by this terrible event and with death tolls now stretching beyond 30 000, this is truly an event that should encourage everyone to help out in whatever way they can.
I have retrieved the following list of agencies carrying out relief work from the BBC news website but if anyone has one to add, please feel free to do so:
- Care International http://www.careinternational.org.uk
- International Federation of the Red Cross http://www.ifrc.org
- Medecins Sans Frontieres http://www.msf.org
- Oxfam http://www.oxfam.co.uk
- Save The Children http://www.savethechildren.org.uk
- Unicef http://www.unicef.org
- World Vision http://www.wvi.org/wvi/home.htm
The UN's World Food Programme will also be needing extra funds.
Also, the baptists have an appeal here in Australia through their aid program, ABWAID. I'm sure there are many, many more organisations, so please spare what you can.
Some more organizations helping out....
The Canadian Red Cross is donating money and aid.... it's website is www.redcross.ca (I'm sure other country's Red Cross chapters are doing the same). Christian Children's Fund of Canada is also helping out at www.ccfcanada.ca .
My heart goes out to everyone in these countries.
Latest news from the CBC.....
10,000 dead in 1 Indonesian town
Last Updated Tue, 28 Dec 2004 11:23:56 EST
BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA - Indonesian rescuers reported 10,000 dead in a single town and emergency crews in Sri Lanka found the twisted wreckage of a passenger train as the tsunami's death toll continued to spiral Tuesday.
Indonesians look for friends and relatives among the dead in Banda Aceh, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra Dec. 27. (AP photo)
The body count rose to 44,000 dead in 11 countries by Tuesday afternoon local time, with thousands still missing and more than a million left homeless.
Emergency crews struggled through thick mud and reached isolated villages in Aceh province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
In the town of Meulaboh, which lies only 150 km from the epicentre of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that sent walls of water crashing into coastlines around the Indian Ocean, they found 10,000 dead and three-quarters of the buildings destroyed.
Another 9,000 bodies have been uncovered in and around the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, shooting up the official tally to 19,000.
Indonesia's vice-president warned that thousands more bodies will likely surface on Sumatra alone.
"We don't have confirmed data, but I think between 21,000 and 25,000 people [have died]," Vice-President Yusuf Kalla told the Antara government news agency.
Bodies stack up faster than they can be buried
Meanwhile, rescuers in Sri Lanka began removing bodies from the mangled remains of a train carrying 1,500 passengers that the tsunami picked up and swept several hundred metres inland.
They pulled 204 bodies from the train's twisted carriages and fear the rest are dead, as the death toll in that country rocketed up overnight to more than 18,700. Officials warned that as many as 25,000 people likely perished.
As in many of the countries hit hardest by the tsunami, rotting bodies stacked up faster than they could be buried.
Some Sri Lankans used their bare hands to push dirt over the victims. In India, which reports at least 4,371 dead, bulldozers pushed corpses into mass graves.
The Thai government counted more than 1,500 dead, half of them foreign tourists, while Maldives, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Somalia, Myanmar, Kenya, Seychelles and Tanzania also reported fatalities.
If Indonesian and Sri Lankan fears prove correct, the total tally could top 56,000 people.
At least three Canadians were killed in the disaster and more are reported missing.
UN faces historic challenge
A girl and a man try to collect water on Dec. 28 after the tsunami destroyed their home in Kosgada in southern Sri Lanka. (AP photo)
Food, medical supplies and water purification systems began trickling into the devastated areas on Tuesday, as the United Nations warned this could be the biggest relief effort ever known.
UN officials said their disaster assessment teams are fanning out in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while hundreds of planes packed with emergency supplies will arrive in the region within the next 48 hours.
The aid agency said it faces an unprecedented challenge in trying to simultaneously help 11 countries hit by the same disaster.
Anyone with Canadian relatives in affected areas can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs at 1-800-387-3124
They warn that people need immediate help so they don't die from diseases such as cholera and typhoid, or because they lack safe drinking water, food and shelter.
The UN's emergency relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland said the longer-term effects may be as devastating as the waves. "We could have epidemics within a few days unless we get health systems up and running."
Dominic Nutt, an emergency officer with Christian Aid, said southern India is already reporting that rotting bodies have affected the water supply.
Looting begins as a million left homeless
The International Red Cross says more than one million people have been displaced in Sri Lanka, Thailand and India, as hungry islanders in Indonesia turned to looting to survive.
The Red Cross said desperate residents in Meulaboh and other towns in northern Sumatra broke into stores and homes for supplies.
Throughout the region, entire villages have disappeared. Major buildings such as multi-storey banks, hotels and shopping centres collapsed. In many places people have been left entirely without telephones, drinking water, electricity and gasoline.
In some communities survivors have no choice but to sleep on the muddy streets.
The tsunami was caused by an earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra that was the strongest recorded in 40 years.
With files from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Written by CBC News Online staff
Talking about it...it's such a tragic
I was lucky to avoid this disaster back in my hometown, Penang Island.
It was Christmas eve which is on Friday. I was on leave and drove all the way with my gf heading to the northern state of Ipoh, Perak to attend one of our friend's wedding dinner. And our initial plan is to head back to Penang after the Wedding dinner or the next following day depends on the situation. But it ended too late and we joined another 2 friends to start counting down for christmas in Ipoh town.
My plan is to celebrate Christmas Day in Ferringhi Garden with my gf. It is a nice restaurant facing the beach where it got strucked by the tidal waves.
I even told my relatives and friends that I'll be stopping by in Penang during Christmas and probably spending a night or two.
However, after my gf complaining that it's too tiring to drive another 2 hrs journey to reach Penang and insisted that "why not" to do some exploring in Ipoh area and instead visiting some other relatives that stay overhere.
My first thought was, damn... aren't that boring compare to Penang, and I missed the beaches and my friends overthere. Thus, we stayed two nights in Ipoh and visited Kellie's Castle and spent most of the time relaxing in the hotel and searching for some local specialties.
The next day, which is Sunday also Boxing Day... we started packing and heading back down home during noon time. And half way while I'm driving, I received one of my Penang friend's sms saying that she couldn't get home, where the "Tanjung Tokong" road leads to her condo was closed b'coz of the Tsunami!
At first, I thought she was joking, coz' never in my life or in history that my country (Malaysia) got struck by such disaster! There's no earthquake,tornado, volcano and things like that over here! I didn't reply my friend's msg and drove home safely and not until I was in such disbelief when I turned on the TV News!
I was horrified and dejected for a moment.
I picked up the phone and ringed my gf and thanked her for not wanting to go there instead of held back in Ipoh.
I felt so lucky and seems like my gf is my lucky star.
For those who perished, may they rest in peace and for those unfortunate ones, stay strong and may God Bless to all.
A moment of silence...
Kody, I'm glad to see you are ok! I hope your friends and family have also kept safe throughout this disaster. Our heart felt sympathy goes out to those who have been affected by this tragedy.
Another aid organisation not linked to yet (though mentioned) is the Mercy Corps.