It all started when I look at some of the pictures of that devastating incident on my TV screen first. It all looked terribly bad. Hundreds and thousands of men, women and children live their lives without food, water and shelter. After this impression I tried to keep follow-up of that story. It al happened on the morning of 8th of October and I got first glimpse of that on 12th of October.
Since world has been witnessed of so many tragedies in past two years, it awakens my interest in that. At the time of Tsunami, We were al amazed to witness something so huge swept across whole of the population from the face of the earth. This time around it all looked even more tragic. I know that South East Asia is not a very developed part of the world. They have their own set of problems. So I guessed at that time that it would not be very easy for them to get out of all that themselves.
I mentioned the tragedy of tsunami. I saw pictures of that on net several times. But as far as my information is concerned I knew it from the newspapers that the effected area of tsunami was al plain fields. One big tidal wave came and destroyed everything in its vicinity. After the water of that tidal wave dried out, it was relatively east to get started with the rebuilding process. It was easy in those areas to transport food, medicines and other supplies as well. Injuries of water were of different type as well. When I made that comparison then I realized that it all looked very bad.
I saw pictures of hungry children, people fighting for blankets and tents, rescue workers taking people out of the rubble without proper equipment and accessories, spending their nights under heavy rainfall and in bitter cold. It all took it away from me my sleep and appetite. As I got into thick of the things, I got information that UN reported that more than 4 million people were directly affected, prior to the commencement of winter snowfall in the Himalayan region. It is estimated that damages incurred are well over US$ 5 billion (Rs. 30 billion) Five crossing points were opened on the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan to facilitate the flow of humanitarian and medical aid to the affected region.
It was broadcasted from the whole of the media channels that whole towns and cities were completely vanished from the face of earth. According to the officials death toll was around 87,350 and tally of injured people was around 100,000. I heard in reports that winter was approaching very fast in those areas and to keep all those helicopters in operation to provide them with tents and basic necessities they need huge sum of funds.
Everyday channels all around the world were giving different web addresses where we all can donate our contribution to that poor people. I tried to gather something out of my own pocket money as my friends and I did at the time of Tsunami as well. I donated directly to Red Cross. I felt helpless. First it was Tsunami, second Katrina and then this massive earthquake. That is all I can do. Not more than that in the kind of conditions where even the best-developed nations felt helpless. I heard rescue workers saying on TV