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.
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).