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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Does This Sound Familiar?

BBC Reports:

Anger is mounting among survivors of the South Asia earthquake over the apparently slow response to a disaster that killed at least 20,000.

As law and order breaks down, looting has been reported in Pakistan. Across the border in India meanwhile, rescuers have yet to reach some remote villages.

Read it here.

It's the same everywhere. Governments are bureaucracies -- bureaucracies have procedures -- procedures take time -- therefore it is almost impossible for governments to respond effectively to disasters in a timely manner. People need to realize this and lower their expectations of what government can and cannot do, but when disaster strikes it is hard to be patient.

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