Here are the numbers…
– 21, 586
– 18, 498
– 3, 088
The first figure speaks toward the total number of deaths from the March 11, 2011 Tsunami disaster. The second is the number of people who died in the disaster itself, and the third figure refers to the individuals who died of stress or illness that was attributed to the disaster.
I was reading about how the Tsunami had just completely devastated the people in the near by area so badly that certain survivors are suffering from ‘night terrors’ or flashbacks that physically injure them. For something to be so traumatic that it hurts thinking about it–wow. What bothered me about this whole situation aside from the loss of life, was the indifference that many people had toward it when it was brought to their attention.
“Let the unaccounted for just be lost, the families need closure” and comments like that were made around several of the websites I had been following the situation on. I can’t believe there are people on this planet that are so callous enough to say things like that. Imagine never finding out what happened to your loved one who got caught in that disaster. They aren’t dead–they’re just gone…not among those killed, not among those injured, their just…gone.
One way I know we can all help, is by donating our time, money, and hearts toward the people suffering out there on the other side of the world. With social media being what it is, we can do something as simple as sending money just so the kid has a ticket to get from Fukushima to Hokkaido (and the care they need). If you want more information, and may even be interested in donating to the cause–click on the link at the bottom of the page to get to the charity’s Global Giving webpage.