The devastating earthquake in Pakistan on Saturday that so far has claimed around 20,000 lives in that country as well as in parts of India and Afghanistan is headline news worldwide, as you’d expect.
Some media reports say that the death toll is closer to 40,000.
Blogs and other social media undoubtedly will come into their own once again during a disaster as a channel for enabling people in the affected areas and elsewhere to communicate and find out what’s going on.
Last year’s South-east Asia tsunami disaster produced the SEA-EAT Blog, a tremendous volunteer effort that included posting SMS messages via mobile phones by bloggers on the ground.
Now, there is the South Asia Quake Help Blog:
Several founders and members of the SEA EAT (South East Asian Earthquake And Tsunami) blog & wiki, which gained worldwide attention at the time of the earthquake and tsunami on 26th December, 2005, have remobilised to aid in the relief efforts after the ‘Quake of 8th October.
As ever, the victims of this latest human tragedy need our help. Wherever you are in the world, visit the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to donate online, or to get links to Red Cross or Red Crescent websites in your country.