posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 09:50 PM
The pledged aid to help Asian countries has gone over the 2 billion dollar mark. Japan upped its aid commitment to 500 million in the wake of the U.S.
upping its commitment to 350 million. The U.S. led aid coalition comprised of the U.S., Australia, Japan, and several countries, has now committed
almost a billion dollars plus support equipment to the global relief effort.
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - A day after President Bush upped the U.S. pledge to $350 million, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced
Saturday that his country would contribute up to $500 million to relief efforts. The increased aid came as a deluge from the skies deepened the misery
for tsunami-stricken areas, triggering flash floods in Sri Lanka, prompting evacuees to flee and increasing the threat of deadly disease.
A magnitude 5.9 aftershock jolted Sumatra as the world's aid efforts shifted into high gear in ways big and small: elephant convoys working in
Thailand, global assistance reaching $2 billion with a fresh pledge from Tokyo, and aid-bearing American helicopters touching down in Indonesia to the
joy of tsunami survivors
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Its going to take a lot more than money to help these people. Fresh water and food are going to be the key. Its also the key to preventing the second
wave of destruction, disease, from occurring. U.S. helicopter from the USS Abraham Lincoln were mobbed when they landed in Indonesia by crowds seeking
food. In this type of operation, you have to make hard choices and save as many as you can. Its nice to see that politics can take a back seat and the
world will pitch in to help. However, as the self styled leader of Asia, why isn’t China taking the lead?