Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Tragedy


The photo above is from cnn.com website: "A woman holding a child sits amid ruins left the southern town of Kosgada Tuesday." Posted by Hello

I am sure all of us knew about the huge disaster that struck South East Asia the day after Christmas. Sri Lanka was the worst hit. Back in Year 2000, I worked with a couple of colleagues in Sri Lanka, particularly an IT Support guy named Ravi.

When the project ended, we still keep in touch once a while. I emailed him on Monday hoping that he and his family are not affected. He called me on Tuesday and we talked about it. He said the situation is bad. At that point in time, Sri Lanka has 10,000 deaths. There was a train which was wrecked with 1,000 people trapped and drowned. There was a high class 5 star hotel located in a wildlife park which was destroyed. So was the park and the animals in there. Everybody was in a state of shock. He said that he and his colleague have pooled some money to buy food and clothes and they put it in front of the Prime Minister office to help out the victims families and he said if we could help, it will be much appreciated.

Assistance can be provided in many ways. One of them is via amazon.com using credit card. Click here. amazon.com donation is given to American Red Cross. So far, 16,500 people have donated and the amount is US$820K.

Closer to home, Greedy, my friend had a beach wedding in Chennai just last week. She told me yesterday that the same beach she had her wedding on was completely destroyed. Think about it. A few days ago, you were there having the most romantic beach wedding with all the nice people and today, that same beach were destroyed, possibly along with the lives of many of the workers - waiters, chefs, etc.

Loochoomus was in Langkawi last week on a business trip. He told me he slept on the beach at night staring at the beautiful stars. A week later, Langkawi was badly hit.

This is just so scary!

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