Katrina and Asian Tsunami Relief Comparison
John Quiggin observes that,
Ten days after the New Orleans disaster, the US has accepted offers of foreign aid totalling $US1 billion, but most of the assistance is not getting through because of red tape.
In contrast, he notes that some aid reached Aceh, smack in the middle of the tsunami damage, in only five days.
ThatÃ¢€™s for a more widespread disaster, in the middle of a war zone, in a Third World country, with few roads, and thousands of kilometres from the countries giving most of the aid.
In discussion in the comments section, John observes,
ItÃ¢€™s data. Working how to make sense of it is up to you.
Okay. Here’s another bit of data that might be useful in this discussion: The aid which reached Aceh on the fifth day was the first aid Aceh received. Millions of dollars in relief aid for New Orleans, Biloxi, and the rest of the Gulf region arrived on day one.