We didn’t need a 9.0 level earthquake and the resulting tsunamis to help us remember just how lucky we are to live where we live and share this holiday season with family and friends.
But boy, was that a major wake up call.
All over the planet, families and friends were frantic to find out whether their loved ones were swept away on Dec. 26 in any one of several Asian countries.
As well we are lucky to enjoy sophisticated communication systems that would tell us if the sky was falling. Most of the people could have had a few hours warning, but there was no system in place to do that.
Now relief is flooding into the beleaguered region, but again systems are not in place to adequately identify who needs what and where all the devastated areas are.
Canada’s special elite forces, trained to respond to this type of disaster, will not be deployed until they are requested, but that won’t happen until the disaster area is better organized. Sounds like a chicken and egg situation if you ask us.
Most relief agencies have already responded, but again there is confusion over just what is needed.
World experts have been quick to say that cholera and dysentery will be running rampant amongst the survivors as the water is so contaminated with dead bodies and nasty debris. They also said safe drinking water will be all but nonexistent in some areas, and food and shelter will also be at a premium.
These people have lost everything, including beloved family members. They may survive the original disaster, but the living conditions will pose an even bigger threat to many.
So you didn’t get that DVD player you wanted, or your vehicle broke down just before Christmas. Most of us have much to be thankful for and if you haven’t spent all your Christmas spirit yet, drop a few dollars in the pot for those who really had a bad holiday this year.
From the Quesnel Observer