The death toll keeps rising from this weekend's tsunami disaster. As it stands now, more people have died from this natural disaster than live in the city of Jamestown. That puts it into perspective pretty fast. And you'd also have to destroy the entire city too to get a true idea of what it must be like for the people that live in these countries. It's heart breaking.
On an analytical level, a nugget of information from Grade 9 Global Studies reminds me that as tragic as this event is, the population growth models in these Southeast Asian countries will replace the thousands lost in a relatively short time. Of course, what I learned back in 1991 may have totally changed. As I understand, China doesn't even enforce its "One Child Policy" as rigorously as it did in the 1980s.