With the death toll at 120,000 and increasing by the hour, the number of injured at half a million, the most pressing issue now is to provide help to survivors to Sunday’s devastating tsunami. Official sources today warned that between 3 million and 5 million people in Southeast Asia are without basic services. These vulnerable people is unable to access the basic requirements needed to stay alive – clean water, adequate shelter, food, sanitation and healthcare.
The Emergency Corps of the Order of Malta (ECOM) – the Order’s international disaster relief network – is currently focusing on relief measures for India and Thailand. In India, help started immediately, on Sunday, 26 December. In Thailand, a team arrived in the region of Phuket on 28th December and began first relief operations with the distribution of food and non-food items.