What the world does not need is a natural disaster to add on to the existing man-made disasters of warfare and terrorism. To have a country stricken with an 'act of God' is bad enough but to have a big part of an entire region being affected, all within a week, is totally beyond imagination. And sad.
First, it was Typhoon Ketsana hitting the Philippines, then Samoa and American Samoa hit by an earthquake. Next Typhoon Ketsana moving on to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, then two earthquakes off Sumatra, Indonesia. Tremors could be felt as far away as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Would it be correct to say that the Asia Pacific region has been 'attacked by nature'?
What a way to start the final quarter of the year!!
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