In the Tsunami's Wake

It was a human tragedy, but not an economic disaster.

Issue: Spring 2005

It would have been reasonable, upon hearing the news of the earthquake-induced tsunami that devastated South and Southeast Asia on December 26, to wonder at the unfairness of disasters so often striking those countries that are least equipped to deal with them. Bangladesh and China are flood prone; severe earthquakes have recently struck Central America, Turkey, India, Algeria, Afghanistan and Iran. Although Southeast Asia has been spared dramatic floods, cyclones or earthquakes in the past several years, the region suffered prior to the tsunami from multiple occurrences of avian flu, outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and devastating terrorist attacks.

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