Only Local Aid
They are burying about four hundred dead bodies at a time in mass graves.
At the moment no foreign aid organizations have reached the area. The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that India has enough relief supplies to help the victims and would not ask for foreign help for now. There are numerous Indian states, other governmental and nongovernmental organizations helping the victims. They are distributing blankets, clothes and food.
The area has not been hit with epidemics as of now. There are makeshift hospitals helping the people and they are sprinkling chemicals to kill flies and prevent diseases.
Lack of Firewood Hinders Cremations
One of the biggest problems is the lack of fire wood to cremate the dead bodies. They are burying about four hundred dead bodies at a time in mass graves. The other big problem is that the houses have been washed away and people do not have shelter.
People are still afraid that there might be more tidal waves coming to the shore. Most of the people are sleeping around train stations and on road sides and in front of stores. Many are running away from the shore to inland areas to be safe.
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