[Marxism] On the Tsunami
Carlos A. Rivera
cerejota at optonline.net
Mon Dec 27 07:15:28 MST 2004
There has been some mention on this list regarding the death toll in the
Tsunami as being related to under development.
This has indeed been the case with typhoons and monsoon rains in this
region. But this Tsunami was a monster.
If this Tsunami had hit the USA or Europe or Japan, the death toll would
have been comparable. Under development has nothing to do with it.
Underdevelopment will indeed be a factor in the next few weeks, as cholera
and other opportunistic diseases spread, and as limited health and food
resources get stretched out.
But the initial deathtoll, that is just the result of a phenomena the likes
we haven't seen in many decades. I doubt that even with a state of the art
Tsunami early warning system much could have done, as most of the death toll
is concentrated in areas less than one hour away from the epicenter, and the
rest just a few hours.
You cannot evacuate effectively in under a few hours, period. Not possible
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