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NEWS: Tsunami Aid Now $2B; New Floods Hit Asia

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posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 09:50 PM
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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.

 



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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 isnít China taking the lead?




posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 10:11 PM
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Originally posted by FredTIts 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 isnít China taking the lead?


China may not have taken the lead but at least they are helping.
They are sending an additional 500 million yuan ($60.46 million US dollars) in humanitarian aid in addition to what they've given already (not sure how much they sent the first time).
They will send out their second batch of humanitarian aid on January 2 and they have sent a medical treatment team, set up by the Ministry of Health.
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posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 10:21 PM
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Good, I had not seen much about thier contributions in the area. They sort of self style themselves as the leader of Asia, so I sort of expected them to be in the forefront.



posted on Jan, 2 2005 @ 07:57 AM
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we should use large ships to take the survivors and move them to other countires that wish to take them in.the best way to get alot of people to safety is pick them all up at once and remove them out of the area.even use some container ships would have the big space.some companies out there could help these people out.



posted on Jan, 2 2005 @ 08:05 AM
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Originally posted by flukemol
we should use large ships to take the survivors and move them to other countires that wish to take them in.the best way to get alot of people to safety is pick them all up at once and remove them out of the area.even use some container ships would have the big space.some companies out there could help these people out.



This is not a good idea. Foreign born virus and disease are spead this way and could make matters worse for others. As I do feel for these victims and have contributed the only way to help is what we and the rest of the world are doing now but on a larger scale.



posted on Jan, 2 2005 @ 12:45 PM
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Nor is a pratical one. Even a cruise ship maxxed out is what like 3000? We are talking like a million + people. By the time you moved them you would already loose alot of them and then you would have to move them all back. Nah its better to treat them in place.




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