“This was the worst day in our history,” says Sri Lankan businessman YP Wickramsinghe. “I wish I had died. There is no point in living.”
On general disaster issues, The Age’s John Schauble believes he has a solution:
Predicting the occurrence of earthquakes, tsunamis, drought, heatwaves, volcanic eruptions and even lesser events such as bushfires, tropical cyclones and localised flooding is an inexact business. But there is much that can be done in terms of hazard mitigation and even prevention. This can occur at both a national and multinational level. But harnessing the political, social and economic will to achieve this – as ratification of the Kyoto Protocol has shown – is far easier said than done.
Sure, John. Meanwhile, The Australian publishes this list of charities to which you may donate. Look again at the numbers at the top of this post, and please contribute.