January 29, 2005

Could many of the Tsunami deaths have been prevented?

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1380712,00.html

While the majority of Britain's newspapers focussed on the massive death toll and individual horror stories this article in The Guardian stops to ask if those deaths were avoidable. It questions whether an early warning system could have in fact prevented the overwhelming majority of the deaths.

Although countries around the world are now jumping to offer aid, in what the more synical of us would call a publicity contest, this devestating disaster once more raises the question of why the developed world has done nothing to prevent natural disasters in the third world in the first place.

While they are all too keen to offer aid now, once the spotlight is off, will they continue to do so? And what will be done in the long run to prevent the re-occurence of such disastors around the world?

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