The South-east Asia Tsunami that struck on Dec 26th 2004, is without a doubt, going to be one of the most life-altering natural disasters that the world has ever witnessed. The current death toll is 151,000 people and that number is rising every day with more and more bodies being uncovered, and as more and more people are dying from disease.
Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanoes, landslides, hurricanes and tornados often kill many more after the initial climax of the disaster. The negative effects that the disasters leave upon the survivors are responsible for many, many lives.
Despite the dramatic television and newspaper pictures, it is still inexplicable: a tsunami roaring across the Indian Ocean at 800 kilometers an hour, building up into 10-metre waves as it nears land, slamming into 11 countries on two continents, killing at least 50,000 people, leveling entire towns, leaving millions of survivors in shock and grief. And although the Indian Ocean earthquake and the subsequent killer waves that happened half a world away, the impact is felt around the world. That is especially true in Canada, and we will be playing key parts in the restoration efforts to return those 11 countries and the millions of people in them to prosperity.
As rescue workers from Indonesia to India, Sri Lanka and Somalia scramble to find more survivors, bury the dead and provide basic food and water to millions left homeless, Canadians of all backgrounds are joining a worldwide humanitarian relief operation. The government will be using Canadian military transport planes to deliver blankets, water and generators to the disaster areas. Ottawa has rightly promised more assistance in the days ahead, once it has consulted with various Canadian aid agencies. This is very good because not only does the government need to spearhead operations, but they need to work together with organizations like; The Red Cross, Oxfarm Canada an…