Cayman’s turn to help

While the Cayman Islands suffered much in the passing of Hurricane Ivan, the disaster pales under the destruction in Asia.

The death toll from the weekend tsunami in the India Ocean rises by the minute – so fast that media reports of the numbers o f dead are outdated by the time they are aired or printed.

More dread awaits those who miraculously survived the huge wave. Experts predict the number of dead could more than double once disease and hunger set in.

Just as hundreds if not thousands of people pitched in to help the Cayman Islands recover from Hurricane Ivan, it is incumbent on this country to pitch in to the worldwide relief effort.

Aid workers have launched what could be the largest relief operation the world has ever seen to head off the threat of cholera and malaria epidemics that could break out where water supplies are polluted with dead bodies.

Disasters know no borders, a lesson brought home hard in the Cayman Islands in September.

This country has also experienced earthquakes, one of the strongest being felt earlier this month. Residents and visitors throughout the islands have continued to report feeling tremors; the latest being Saturday evening.

But for the grace of God there go we is a remake of John Bradford’s famous quotation of ‘But for the grace of God there goes John Bradford’ on seeing evildoers taken to their place of execution.

That quote could be put into use in the Cayman Islands.

No one knows what nature has in store.

To that end it is even more important for Cayman to come up with disaster plans that cover all scenarios.

Had the people in Sumatra and the other countries slammed by the tidal wave this past weekend had warning, thousands of lives could theoretically have been saved. An evacuation plan could have at least saved the lives of thousands of beach goers.

Many lessons will emerge from the disaster in Asia, just as many lessons were and are still being learned in the Cayman Islands because of Hurricane Ivan.

But the most immediate need is relief to those who survived one of Mother Nature’s more horrific displays.

The Cayman Islands can offer relief and prayers. Both are desperately needed.

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