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Thursday, October 13, 2005

South Asia quake more devastating than tsunami: WHO

South Asia's earthquake was more devastating than last year's Indian Ocean tsunami in terms of the number of homeless and destruction to infrastructure, a UN official said Thursday. Hussein Gezairy, who heads the World Health Organization's Cairo-based regional office that covers Pakistan, said it would be "much, much more difficult" to reach quake victims in the Himalayas than the tsunami survivors.

"In the tsunami 1.5 million people were made homeless, but in this case we expect more than 2.5 million to be homeless," he said. "For the 1.5 million people who were homeless something like 10 billion dollars were mobilised. I do not expect this to be happening in Pakistan, but I hope that people will give much more," he said.

Source: Dawn
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Anonymous Anonymous said :

To address immediate problems: could someone invent an improved upon pop up tent (like the screen room tents) with those "space blankets" to reflect inside heat...light weight, intuitive to set up, packaged to be dropped by plane or copter to folks like the earthquake victims...get them out of cold and rain? Seems like we could develop all kinds of emergency drop kits...nutrition packs, water sterilizing kits, heat, medical supplies...with icon instructions. Put those wonderful brains out there on the project, PLEASE

October 13, 2005 12:57 PM