Sunday, October 09, 2005

Help Is On The Way After India/Pakistan Earthquake

President Bush is sending money and aircraft to Pakistan to help in the rescue effort after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the region last weekend. Thousands are still missing and feared dead in the Kashmir portions of India and Pakistan. The aircraft support was requested by the Pakistani government because they lack sufficient resources to search for the missing in remote locations of the country.

This is going to turn out to be one of the worst natural disasters in the worlds history. The death toll now stands at over 30,000 and will continue to grow. Just a few months ago, the southern portion of India was struck by a Tsunami which was caused by an underwater earthquake. Thousands were killed, by the Tsunami, in India and hundreds of thousands died in the various countries effected around the region.

It seems like this is the year for natural disasters around the world. Maybe some historian will be able to tell us at the end of 2005, if this year was worse than other years and if so, how bad was it in relation to historical records. It may turn out that 2005 was just a normal or slightly above normal year for weather related events and deaths. Those of us in the U.S. have seen more disaster this year than we would have liked to seen, but our losses pale in comparison to those of India, Pakistan and Indonesia.

In many ways, I'm ready to say good-bye and good riddance to this year. Kind of like, 2001, too many bad memories and not enough good news for me.

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