January 01, 2005


* Death by bureaucracy: Daniel Brett slates Indian red tapism, which delayed a rescue and aid effort by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, which have strict regulation on travel of foreigners.

* Myanmar shrouds its tsunami deaths in secrecy: Nitin predicts that the military junta is not taking any chances to expose its human rights abuses to the foreign aid workers, which might intervene is the true scale of tragedy would come out.

* Bangladesh postpones regional SAARC summit: because of massive destruction in three member countries (India, Sri Lanka & Maldives) caused by sunday's tsunami.

* Astounding satellite views (before & after the tragedy): The scale of devastation is lot more worse than you imagined.

* What the world pledges as on December 31, 2004 and where the money is needed: via Jeff Ooi. Bangladesh has sent two medical and rescue teams and helicopters to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The Bangladesh Cricket Board has donated $10,000 for the Sri Lanka victims in response to the Sri Lankan boards effort to collect donations.

* Tsunami survivors turn to internet to find for lost loved ones: via Rajan.

* The death toll is becoming staggering as the time progresses: Deaths - Confirmed 153,669, Estimated 4,70,000 + out of which 4,00,000 + in Indonesia alone (via Wikipedia). In Bangladesh, about 40 fishing boats are still missing. Hope that there won't be more deaths.


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