Politics among nations is having upper hand on the horror of the Tsunami disaster among the countries of Indian Ocean. It has been fifteen months of horrible tsunami, which had killed thousands of the people in the countries in Indian Ocean.
Governments across the Indian Ocean marched to establish a warning system to protect their coastal residents from another disaster. The process was on the way but suddenly slowed down on the question that which country should host a regional tsunami alert center and technical problems with deep-sea monitoring buoys.
More than 150 regional officials, aid workers and donors has gathered on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali to discuss the US$126 million Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System.
They were hoping to implement the network and plans from the 27 affected countries for disseminating alerts and evacuating the public before the due time.
Now twenty-three monitoring stations across the Indian Ocean are working. It may measure the strength of underwater quakes and assess the tsunami threat at quick pace.
The information will go to the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center as well as to the Japanese Meteorological Agency. These centers will relay it to individual countries at risk.
Until here, the process is fine but the real problem starts from here. The nation-by-nation progress is not consistent.
Thailand, Malaysia and India, Australia and Thailand have set up tsunami warning centers to field information, complete with sirens and evacuation routes.
The real question has been risen that who will evaluate data and determine when to issue a tsunami warning. Eight countries want to set up their own centers and that is creating unnecessary confusion and delaying the establishment the complete network in the region.