the loss of life and every things gone i think that it will get worse before it gets better.
i just hope that the help gets there soon
I haven't posted much, if anything, about the Tsunami because my brain sometimes does not work very quickly. It is hard for me to imagine the magnitude of the loss of life from the Tsunami. Sometimes when I'm confronted with this kind of thing I play with numbers to see if it helps make things a bit more comprehensible. Of course, there is no way human lives can be reduced to mere numbers. But that is another discussion. In this case, though, the numbers are staggering.
I made a table that shows population loss by country, as quoted at Country-By-Country Breakdown of Tsunami
For comparison, I used current world population by country from mnsu emuseum
Finally, as a reference, I used information from the CDC about deaths due to the 9/11 attacks.
The results: (I cannot make them format properly in the post so I just put in the final numbers)
Sri Lanka 0.142%
USA 9/11 0.001%
The conclusion: The world as a whole lost about twice as many lives from the Tsunami (proportionally speaking) as the US did from the 9/11 attack. When you consider how many of us were affected by the losses on 9/11, that makes this appear even more mind boggling. The devastation in some of the countries was far worse. In Sri Lanka, current death figures show over 1 person out of every 1000 in that country was killed in the Tsunami. A proportionately similar loss in the US (with its larger population) would take about 400,000 lives.
I'm having a hard time grasping just how enormous the losses from the tsunami were.
BTW: for those so inclined: A lot of well established, reputable organizations are involved in relief work in that area. Many of those organizations can accept donations at their web sites. Amazon has been allowing contributions to the Red Cross from the store's web site. Oxfam has work going on in several of those countries, as can be seen at the Oxfam America web site. The list goes on.