Victims are remembered in Kuala Lumpur
Since boxing day, we have seen pictures of communities being destroyed. I won't forget the image I saw of mother running towards her children in the sea as everyone was running away from it. We will never forget this indescribably brutal manifestation of nature at its worst.
Global aid has now risen to nearly £1bn, Japan has donated £260M and the US has increased its pledge to £180M and more is sure to come from personal contributors within each country as well material donations. Despite this, Paul Reynolds (BBC foreign affairs correspondant) is worried that
When natural disasters strike these days, the international response tends to be the same - immediate interest, immediate help but long term neglect.
There was an earthquake in Iran last year and survivors are still living in shelters.
This cannot happen here, the sheer scale of the disaster leaves no option other than to start rebuilding communities and lives as soon as possible. Bill Clinton suggested that countries should take responsibility of one or two countries to avoid duplication. Joe Egeland, the UN disaster co-ordinator wonders why certain countries are so stingy and declares this to be the worse natural disaster ever.
The next few days are critical due to the waterborne diseases and flash floods that will elevate the death toll as an indirect consequences to the Tsunami. We cannot imagine the grief and loss felt by people who have lost a brother, sister, friend or parent. Hopefully, by this time next year on the first day of 2006, we will see some very different pictures.