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Monday, January 03, 2005


Tsunami

Apart from my obvious connections to India, my family lived in Sri Lanka for three years. Route 2 - from Colombo to the southern coast and then across to the east - is a road I have driven often and love; it's now devastated. Sri Lanka is one of my fav places on earth. Needless to say, the tsunami's left me shaken and in turmoil.

Some thoughts:

1) The coordination displayed here in the UK was impressive. I went Christmas shopping at Selfridges, and they has a barcode to scan which would register donations for the tsunami appeal. No wonder so much money (>$120m) was raised so fast.

2) This is a direct example of how coordination failures in poor countries are the poor suffer first (ie, the countries across the rim just failed last year to agree on a joint purchase of an early warning system).

-- umair // 1:34 PM // 0 comments


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