I spent a little time this morning wondering how the elderly and disabled were doing after the Tsunami. It appears as though hospitals were in its path, one hospital's first floor was ruined, and unfortunately the first floor kept all of the food and many supplies.
One article I read noted that "Much of the concern is focusing on of the elderly. At Shintona, about 90% of the victims were described as old, suggesting this might become a defining characteristic of the disaster." The article noted that some elderly in nursing homes were dead or missing. The care manager, Kiyoko Kawanami, of one of Miyagi Japan's first old people's homes she was able to confirm only 20 of the 90 residents were safe. "We don't know what happened to them. The tsunami hit while we were trying to organize an evacuation," she said.
There are already a number of articles engaging in hand-wringing over what could have been learned and was not in the aftermath of the the 2004 Tsunami, which hit Thailand with incredible devistation. I guess there is always room for improvement, but it is hard to see how much of this devastation could have been fully avoided after such an incredible natural disaster.
Among a few interesting ways people can donate, Apple is accepting Red Cross donations through iTunes.
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