Dont get my wrong, i love Japan. Some of my best friends lives in Japan. and I am worry about friends who lives in the hardest hit regions, Sendai, i have yet to hear from. But Japan will be OK. They, to my knowledge, is the most capable of dealing with this kind of disaster in the world. The word “Tsunami” even originates from Japan. The latest report from Japan indicates 800 plus deaths and 784 missing. A tragedy, no less, but dwarfs in comparison to the 781,000 people that dies from Malaria each year, majority of which are young children. Death from Malaria is specially sad because it is preventable with only USD 3billion dollars per year. Aid to Malaria is one of the most cost effective way to have a positive impact, according to the Nobel Laureates from the Copenhagen Consensus. If sympathy for young children who dies from preventable diseases is not your thing, and earthquake is, then check Haiti. From Wikipedia:
As of July 2010, as much as 98% of the rubble from the quake remained uncleared. An estimated 26 million cubic yards (20 million cubic meters) remained making most of the capital impassable, and thousands of bodies remained in the rubble. The number of people in relief camps of tents and tarps since the quake was 1.6 million, and almost no transitional housing had been built. Most of the camps had no electricity, running water, or sewage disposal, and the tents were beginning to fall apart.
Why is Haiti still in such state of despair? Part of the reason is that they were an underdeveloped, politically unstable country even before the earthquake hit in January 2010, they simply dont have the resources and institution to deal with this kind of disaster. The other part of the reason is, again wikipedia:
On the 12 January 2011 anniversary of the earthquake, Haitian-born Michaëlle Jean, who served as the Governor General of Canada at the time of the disaster and who was installed as Special Envoy for Haiti for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 8 November 2010, voiced her anger at the slow rate of aid delivery, placing much of the blame on the international community for abandonning its commitments. In a public letter co-authored with Irina Bokova, the head of UNESCO, Jean said, “As time passes, what began as a natural disaster is becoming a disgraceful reflection on the international community.”
So please, direct your sympathies and charitable acts to the truly weak.