Most readers will have heard of the massive earthquake close to Indonesia that triggered a huge tsunami on 28th September. Reports are still being compiled as to the extent of both loss of life and damage to property. It is estimated that the final death toll will run into the thousands.
Roads have been destroyed, fuel supplies threatened and medical supplies are running out. This further compounding the grieve that people feel over the loss of their loved ones and homes. Unless a person has experienced such calamitous events, they cannot fully appreciate the horror, but we can try.
As these natural disasters are now regular occurrences, especially in this region, the question must be asked, Why don’t the Indonesian government take measured steps to protect the population? This could involve an early warning system to give citizens a fighting chance. It could mean stricter controls over where buildings are placed. It could involve provision for more emergency rescue teams and resources. The one thing that the government of Indonesia should not do, is allow no improvements in protecting the people of that beleaguered nation.
Globally, there is also much that could be instigated to mitigate the damage done during such disasters. The global community could fund hospital ships that remain in regions most at risk. This would mean that upon the event of a tsunami, emergency medical personnel would be on stand-by to assist. Rescue teams could also be deployed from such vessels. If this was organised with global input, then the costs to individual nations would be negligible.
Yet that is unlikely to happen because the ‘big boys’ are too busy vying with one another for control of oil and other natural resources. They are content to spend vast sums on weapons systems but ignore the plight of fellow people. It is often said that it’s an ill-divided world, and nowhere is this more evident than in the relatively muted response from the international community (or lack thereof) in face of crisis.