11 Nov

Hmm, here we go..

There are a lot of things and stuff I wanted to touch with in this blog.  There was this particularly disturbing thing which comes across to my mind even while writing up this blog. A whole family (8 members including a 6 month old baby) was buried alive by massive landslides in the Queen of hills, Ooty’s locality. When it comes to Disaster management and recovery, I think serious steps have to be carried out to prevent further loss of lives (no matter property and infrastructure, they can effectively be rebuilt).  We have been facing loss of hundreds of lives in Mumbai every year, TN’s Capital Chennai is facing problems every year. When we dig down to the basics, all the natural reservoirs of  water have been completely eradicated and replaced by (feeble) building structures and embankments which people allegedly occupy to themselves. No wonder the low lying slum and residential areas become the victims of the floods. We can bear as much as the water levels increasing and entering our areas (at the maximum) but we cannot afford to lose lives. The whole catastrophe the world has been through the recent times due to terrorist attacks, bizarre accidents (reminds us of Final destination, train accident due to breaking of pipelines over a railway line). I think enough is enough.

Well, this should concern the people living in densely populated and congested areas of the city, they should be moving out in protection of their lives and atleast this should concern and make them understand they are a part of what is causing the floods. Effectively, though it may seem like a Himalayan task, cities have to be rebuilt gradually not only to help life easier to the people living there. Some countries of the world are gradually doing this by creating mini-cities by creating an infrastructure that would help people away from the daily burdens of city life like heavy traffic, commutation and with all the necessities of an average city individual. There is also an example of a disaster management solution installed in a Japanese city which effectively routes all the surplus water from the city (in case of a flood) effectively to the ocean. A massive underground project has been successfully carried out. The process will not only require effective government projects but also the co-operation of individual citizen in any area implementing the project.

There is no meaning in providing relief to the people who are affected (say 50k or a 100k depending on the catastrophe) will not bear the loss suffered. We are having people killed here. So, the roots of the catastrophe has a tainted hands of several individuals. It really pays to be socially aware in this largest democratic country. This also partly shows how we empower ourselves and our society as in a nation.


9 Responses to “Catastrophe”

  1. nana November 12, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    excellent thought..
    but the thing is India, the relief fund is also a way through which politicians plunder a lot of money.

    Till every politician become literate and mindful nothing can b done.

  2. Shiva November 12, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    You are right. Politicians should stop being self-centered and become social servants.

  3. amogh November 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    this is the most recent disaster, i hope the perpetrators which in this case we all know who is are made responsible.

    once the government is formed they should be held accountable for all the mishaps and should be evaluated

    if they fail they dont have the right to be in the office
    because its only the common person who is suffering

    whereas they are busy accumulating the hard earned money of these same common man

    hope we all realize the importance and yeah every politician should have MBA as education qualification 😉

  4. Shiva November 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    I accept, the perpetrators are not only the politicians and others, several common individuals dare to occupy lands which were water reservoirs. They also form a part of the cause of the disasters. Natural disasters are inevitable, not no one can afford to be a cause of it

  5. GV November 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Nice writeup da….
    A gud title wud hav made it more relevant……

  6. raj December 29, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    strong political will is required to avert such man made disasters. you & me can not do anything simply tweeting from roof top

    • Shiva December 29, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

      True. Let us hope for the change and be the change.

  7. D Mahesh Kumar February 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    righr but my concern is you know why the land slided happen where the govt has not mentioned

    it is not only because of the natural disclaimities it is also because of the people

    the keep on digging some places to keep their land bigger & some other stupid reasons

    so the roots of the trees losses its grip ends in land slides

    this happens only when the roots of trees losses its grip in the earth this mainly happens because of ourselves

    we are digging our own grave yard & we lay down with half covered by mud & shout at govt to help.

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