The Asian sea surge disaster relief effort needs all the help it can getSandisk joins the Relief Effort
Although we are being saturated by news reports from the devastated Indian Ocean islands and mainland coasts that lie at the perimiter of the Indian Ocean, it's clear that the scale of the disaster means that the relief effort needs every effort to prevent a second disaster that could be of an even greater magnitude.
It's likely that well over 100,000 will be confirmed to have died when the now-infamous Boxing Day earthquake sea surge hit countless coastal villages, towns and resorts in and around the Indian Ocean. But now millions of survivors are in desperate need for resources to provide basic needs, like drinkable water, sanitation and shelter. Without these, many thousands more will be at risk from disease, which some experts are suggesting could more than double the initial death toll. It's also ironic that most of the areas suffering the effects of the disaster were economically poor to start with.
The least that we at Digital Photography Now can do is to help highlight the need to our readers and to offer some direction to those who are willing to make donations to any of the various relief agencies.
We're a UK-based site and the BBC has a very comprehensive Asian Disaster: How to Help
page providing information on how individuals can help.
A great deal of our visitors are from the United States and below is an appeal link to the American Red Cross provided by Amazon.com. According to Amazon, 100% of the value of donations placed via this link will be passed on to the American Red Cross.
Digital Photography Now is a Web site all about photography. This pastime is usually associated with recording happy and artistic images. But of course photography can capture the drama and tragedy of mishap most effectively. One of the key tools being sent out to workers on the ground in the afflicted regions are digital cameras. These are being used for the macabre task of photographing the unidentified dead so that relatives and friends can identify them after the bodies have been buried.
If you are someone you know has just returned from one of the affected regions and would like to share their experiences, please get in touch using the Feedback links on our pages.