In Indonesia, where the situation is the most desperate, there is evidence of bureaucracy (military, at least) getting in the way of delivering aid. An Australian plane, laden with goods, came into the airport, was greeted by an Indonesian general who said he was not yet empowered to have a conversation which would lead to receiving and distributing the aid. The Australian military plane was forced to take off -- encouraged to return 24 hours later -- even though they'd offered to do all the unloading. 24 hours is a lot of hours if you're suffering, dehydrating, bleeding, desperate.
This story was on NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon.