The real dragon - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Dec. 29th, 2004
03:56 am - The real dragon
brad pointed out:
66,000 dead from this Tsunami?
Planet population of 6.4 billion?
That's 1 person dead out of every 97,106 on the planet.
Sounds like the tsunami killed a lot of people, doesn't it? Let's put it into some context. About 52,000,000 people died "natural deaths" in 2001. That works out to be 140,000/day. Assuming that the final death toll reaches 100,000, the tsunami caused less than 1 day's worth of deaths, or about 0.2% of the annual death toll.
So if you think the tsunami deaths are tragic, go ahead and donate.
But you might also wish to kick some funds toward fighting the real dragon.