50,000 lives, people.
I don't even know how to think about that number.
Until you think about Myanmar, where the official death count thus far is 78,000 people. The United Nations and Red Cross suspect it might be as high as 138,000... in a country of just under 60 million people. An estimated 2.5 million of those people are in need of aid right now. That's 4% of the entire country.
The big stink on the news is how Myanmar is aggravating the catastrophe by only permitting rescue aid to trickle in. Somehow it's easier to talk about that, somehow it's easy to get angry about it, because you can BLAME somebody for it. There have already been cases of cholera reported. See how easy it is to be angry?
But the cyclone and the earthquake? Not a whole lot you can do except look at the numbers and be numb. We may lose up to 200,000 by the end of this week.
If Myanmar perpetuates the stranglehold, it could reach into the millions.
It's an astounding blow to our planet... to our family.
Think about this. It should hurt.
China is permitting privately funded rescue efforts between provinces on an unprecedented scale... the news coverage is wide open, compared to their normal M.O. It's making a big difference in lives saved.
If you normally donate, go donate, if you want to find the Red Cross and give them blood, I'm sure they will appreciate it. If you want to write to the U.N. and tell them to muscle their way into Myanmar (or if you want to tell them not to), do that. Or pray.
But more than anything, if you haven't been paying attention, remember this week. Let it affect you. It most certainly will impact our country. This is history, devastatingly significant, and I haven't heard a word said about it yet.
The regime in Myanmar is sustaining a serious hit by this. And the cost is way too high.