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    LESSONS LEARNED: Putting Order to Chaos in the Wake of a Disaster January 5, 2005 The enormous generosity that is now pouring out for the Tsunami relief effort
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      LESSONS LEARNED: Putting Order to Chaos in the Wake of a Disaster
      January 5, 2005

      The enormous generosity that is now pouring out for the Tsunami relief effort is expected to exceed $3 billion. Even with millions of victims across 12 countries, that sum is just mind-boggling. Even more mind-boggling is the task of delivering that aid. It is quite literally a logistical undertaking like no other. Will all of those donations reach the victims in time to help? Will the victims get what they need most? Will it be there not just today but in a month, in a year? In two? The enormous generosity that is now pouring out for the Tsunami relief effort is expected to exceed $3 billion. Even with millions of victims across 12 countries, that sum is just mind-boggling. Even more mind-boggling is the task of delivering that aid. It is quite literally a logistical undertaking like no other. Will all of those donations reach the victims in time to help? Will the victims get what they need most? Will it be there not just today but in a month, in a year? In two? The enormous generosity that is now pouring out for the Tsunami relief effort is expected to exceed $3 billion. Even with millions of victims across 12 countries, that sum is just mind-boggling. Even more mind-boggling is the task of delivering that aid. It is quite literally a logistical undertaking like no other. Will all of those donations reach the victims in time to help? Will the victims get what they need most? Will it be there not just today but in a month, in a year? In two?



      Tonight we'll look back at the lessons learned from past disasters about the difficulties of aid delivery. They are lessons that even the most seasoned aid workers tell us they sometimes have had to learn the hard way.

      There are so many obstacles in the way of these good intentions, from logistical and coordination conflicts to corruption and dishonesty. Sometimes the money pledged is much higher than the money that actually arrives. Sometimes the host country is in such disarray, politically or physically, that aid gets stacked up in packages at the airport, unable to get delivered to the needy. When Secretary of State Powell arrived in Indonesia just this week he saw coffins and medical supplies stacked up at the airport and he worried whether all of that aid would find its way out of the airport in time.

      Other problems can be that the wrong aid is sometimes delivered at exactly the wrong time. In some previous disasters, piles of used clothing were rotting in the street, while water purification systems were in desperately shortly supply. And then there is the question of follow-through. The initial needs for water and food are often met immediately following a disaster, while the longer term needs for reconstruction and rebuilding are not fulfilled.

      Nightline's Michel Martin reports this story tonight - and gets a rare glimpse into the "war room" at the USAID, the nerve center coordinating American efforts among military, diplomatic and private organizations.

      Eerily, one year before the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, to the day, a massive earthquake struck the Iranian city of Bam. Relief and aid in the early days of that disaster were generous and for a time it seemed the international political divisions that have isolated Iran from so much of the world dissolved in a moment of human compassion. But one year later, we found that thousands of people in Bam are still living in tents - and only a fraction of the aid pledged for that effort actually arrived.

      We hope you'll join us.

      Sara Just & The Nightline Staff
      Senior Producer
      Washington Bureau

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