T.B. Parsuram, Washington bureau chief of the Press Trust of India, said that, although Sunday’s tsunami was caused by the world’s fourth most violent earthquake in more than a century, it was totally unexpected. And that’s because the Indian Ocean is “supposed to be immune” to this type of disturbance. But, Mr. Parsuram said, India and some other countries are now studying the sophisticated tsunami warning system in the Pacific Ocean, which is headquartered in Hawaii. He said that, in addition to the difficulties of getting relief to remote areas, a real concern now is preventing a major outbreak of water-borne disease. Mr. Parsuram said he is sure that the United States will provide generous aid because it has what he called a “tradition of aiding hard-hit countries.”And on Wednesday President Bush assured the leaders of India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Thailand that the $35 million in relief assistance the United States has pledged to the affected countries is “only the beginning” of America’s help. In addition, President Bush said that Secretary of State Colin Powell is working with his counterparts in Japan, India, Australia, and other nations for immediate humanitarian relief and long-term recovery and reconstruction.
International Journalists Discuss Response to Tsunami Disaster