I am deeply sad reading and watching all the news about the earth quake and tsunami that hit Asia. I'm not sure that all the extended family we have in Sri Lanka have escaped but I believe they have. It's the last thing that country needed and the death toll is projected to climb to 25,000. Utterly horrendous.
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London has appealed to expats for aid. They are directing people to this website for instructions on how to donate:
I've donated to Oxfam since they were particularly fast off the mark with aid to Sri Lanka. Detailed news can be found on Sri Lanka's Daily News or the Lanka Page. Reuters AlertNet has a section dedicated to the Sri Lankan tsunami.
The BBC has a good list of how to help.