Saturday, January 01, 2005

"And a child shall lead them..."

Here's a couple of positive stories coming out from the tsunami ravaged areas of the world. First, in this story, old tribal wisdom tells fishermen that if the tide goes out at the wrong time, head for higher ground.
"The elders told us that if the water recedes fast it will reappear in the same quantity in which it disappeared," 65-year-old village chief Sarmao Kathalay told the paper.
Following this advice the entire village headed into the hills and survived one of the greatest natural disasters on record.

In the second story, a little girl raises an alarm when she notices the same occurrence. Seems she recalled from geology lessons in school what happens when a tsunami hits. According to the little girl, Tilly;
"I was on the beach and the water started to go funny. There were bubbles and the tide went out all of a sudden. I recognized what was happening and had a feeling there was going to be a tsunami. I told mummy."
Raising the alarm, Tilly and her "mummy" evacuated the beach and hotel saving countless lives.

So this raises a question in my mind. This simple piece of information (simple enough for a ten-year-old to use) saved the lives of hundreds of people. Why can't "we" use this to lessen future tragedies. Yes, I know tsunami's are a statistical anomaly. However, with a simple education program passing this little fact around, we could save hundreds if not thousands of lives in the future. Hell, its so simple even the UN's WHO cold probably manage it, but I am sure they would find a way to bilk innocents of billions in doing so.

Hat tip to Fark for these stories.