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Tsunami Disaster in Asia

30 December, 2004

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As dawn broke on Dec 26, across the Bay of Bengal, 11 countries struck by tsunamis in the wake of the most powerful earthquake magnitude 9.0 the planet has seen in 40 years.



With 80,000 already reported dead in southern Asia and East Africa. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the total number of dead could easily grow up to 200,000.



The United States is offering $35 million, Japan $30 million and the United Kingdom $28 million. Australia and Germany have pledged $27 million, France $20.4 million and Saudi Arabia $10 million, and many other nations also participate in the relief efforts.



Scenes of destruction ,homes and businesses flattened, buses tossed about like toys, piles of rubble filling the streets ,were repeated across the region, as were the scenes of grief ,residents and vacationers searching in vain for loved ones.



It was the strongest earthquake since the March 28, 1964, quake in Prince William Sound in Alaska. It is the fourth strongest since recordings of magnitude began in 1899, tying a 1952 quake in Kamchatka, Russia.





1- what is your reaction about the tsunami disaster ?



Reader Comments:

Sad

It's quite unfortunate that we are still unable to predict earthquake.

I am sure one day science would be able to assess the patterns of tectonic plate movements, consequently saving thousands of innocent lives.

Thanks

Agha, Pakistan - 30 December, 2004

We belongs to

It is sad .We have to think of the suffering of those people .It is now that we can build bridges between nations .Because we differ on some matter .But it should be clear that the pain of an Indian mother ,a Pakistani Mother ,a Sri lankan Mother ,a Thai Mother is all the same .We belong to humanity

nouressine, Pakistan - 30 December, 2004

TSUNAMI

We faced the disaster and its subsequences.It is well known that, prevention is better than cure.Can we all work together to get an alarm sysytem to the region?
This is the main question we should find a solution after the relief effort.

keetrhi wijesinghe, Somalia - 02 January, 2005

Go..Help there

i agree with nouressine. i am from india.and what i think that PAK gov should come forward to help for Tsunamis victims. so that we can fill the bridges between the two countries.


Virendra Rathore, Hungary - 05 January, 2005

Tsunami disaster

I would like to send my condolences to all the grieving families who has lost there love ones . It is a very sad thing to had happened ? This disaster will bring all the nations together to work for one cause and that is to help the humanity. When Allah show his dismay over something then the earth begins to shake and that is what had happened ? In the science world it is knowns as EARTHQUAKE. It is time to all to live together with love and harmony and forget the hate based on religion and boundries.

wasi siddiqui, Canada - 06 January, 2005

where all the oil rich muslim countries?

I am stating with this natural disaster where are the wasabi religious countries like saudi arabia and syria and iran and their geneous donations towards the grief stricken countries of this natural disaster? They should be sending work relief crews and money to help their brothers. We are all brothers no matter what our religious beliefs or political wants. I just wish there are bridges of common goals from this disaster that would link us together and realize that we are all human on one planet and it is time to pray, no matter what religion for the saftey and well being of all the dead and living of this disaster and help each other. God has shown us that he prevails not poltical leaders as george bush, osama bin laden or any other attention polital hungry selfish leader of any free or controlled country! One day people on earth will realize this and not wage war!

bruce mcpartland, Pakistan - 09 January, 2005

strongest earthquake since the March 28, 1964

My sympathy to those who died.Early relief (2 weeks earlier) could have saved thousands. Army doctors and paramedics who left for Indonesia on January 3 and 6 in four C-130 aircrafts of PAF, are under way in disaster-affected localities.This is sad for 2 friends ,2 largest muslim nations Indonesia-pak OIC and
other 60 muslim nation.OIC get
organized and be self reliant
to deliver help same day in major emergencies.For 2 weeks
there was no news (even by papers radio TV internet by any 60 OIC nation or EU USA
canada).No more negligence please.My appreciation for
the army of Pakistan for commencing muslim relief operation.


M.B.Z.Isphahani, United Arab Emirates - 13 January, 2005

Re: Virendra Rathore

Dear Mr.Virendra Rathore, I hope you are very well aware of the recent issues; Pakistan is putting much more efforts for helping tsunami victims. I would like to suggest you to read about Pakistani soldiers helping in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, the local donators that are donating money for tsunami victims; visa versa. Moreover, foreign news papers can also give you a pertinent answer. I am also sending you the links of the same site, for your prompt undersatnding of what PAKISTAN is contributing.

http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=90414

http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=90011

Tanweer Ahmed, Pakistan - 15 January, 2005

sadness

i hassan murtaza is very sad muslim countries like saudi-arab had 10 million,given to tsunami but like eurpion uk had country$28 million the peoples of indonasia need must muslim support more and more but muslim countries not supported ours muslims. why?

HASSAN, Pakistan - 15 January, 2005

RE: Hassan

Hassan the least you can do it thank the Christian nations who gave out aid generously.

Sammy Jabareen, Canada - 20 January, 2005

Tsunami

It is a wonderful thing that nations all over the world and of all religious beliefs are stepping up to the plate and helping the victims of the tsunami. The rich people in America actually have parties where they go online to donate to organizations such as Unicef and the Red Cross (all for the publicity I'm sure). It is wonderful to see INDIVIDUALS giving in the extent that they are. I have one complaint, however. Why is it that the majority of humans only feel the need to help others who are starving or homeless because of a natural disaster? What about the Sudanese refugees? The camps are way overcrowded. Men, women, and children are dying of starvation and disease at an unbelievable rate. What about the people in Afghanistan who can't eat the food America drops because of religious beliefs (of which we care not) or who are malnourished because they are not getting any fresh fruits or vegetables? I'm sure there are many, many other cases such as these all over the world. It will be a great moment of truth when one person who is starving for any reason will be as important to all humans as a million who are starving because of mother nature.

By the way, Pres. Bush gave a whopping $10,000 to aid in the tsunami relief effort. That is a laugh considering the family money he has. What about you? Now is your opportunity to maybe open a few minds to the possibility that maybe you are not the agent of evil some would believe. If, by chance, your money is turned down, you've still made the gesture. That is what's important. Maybe you've already donated and, of course, we didn't get that news in America.

Maria, United Kingdom - 24 January, 2005

tsunami

could the earthquake have been caused by a burrowing nuclear bomb test that is a pet project of rumsfeld? would we know?and again the response from white house is always a little behind the rest of the world,as if they wait just to see what the rest of the world knows.also what about the 300 children kidnapped by christian group to be raised in america as christians, that's cruel.it's strange that the bush regime starts with disasters.200000 lives lost-could it have been triggered by the earth burrowing nuclear bomb?

wondering, United Kingdom - 09 February, 2005

whatever

whatever

asdljkhfwekntg;ufh asdghfeqdb, Bahrain - 01 March, 2005

BACK TO GOD(ALLAH)

THIS IS VERY UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT AMONG MANY OCCURING THESE DAYS.EVERYDAY EARTHQUAKES STRIKE,PEOPLES ARE KILLED BUT NOBODY THINK WHY THIS IS HAPPENING.ALLAH CLEARLY SAYS IN HIS LAST BOOK THAT MISERY AND EARTQUAKES WILL STIKE IN LAST DAYS.TIME HAS COME ,WE SHOULD PRAY TO ALLAH FOR FORGIVENESS FOR OUR SINS.NOBODY KNOWS WHERE HE IS GOING TO DIE.ONLY AND ONLY MUSLIMS WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE AFTER DEATH.ALL HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD AMMEDIATELY ACCEPT ISLAM AFTER COMLETE AND THOROGH STUDY OF ISLAM

muhammad sohail anjum, Pakistan - 03 March, 2005

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