Friday, May 16, 2008

Fight against Natural Disasters

We have been devastated by natural calamities like Tsunami that changed the lives of several Indians, Sri Lankans and Indonesians in 2004. The bad memories from the Gujarat earthquake still haven’t disappeared. Earthquakes in Pakistan, Mumbai serial bomb blasts, 911 terrorist attack, ... As if those are not enough, the first half of the month of May 2008 has produced many disasters.

First came the news of Cyclone Nargis blowing away the coastal areas of Myanmar, leaving about 38000 people dead. A week later, the entire nation of China was shook when the earthquake measuring 7.9 on Richter scale struck Sichuan. The earthquake left more than 15000 people dead and thousands still under the rubble.

To add to the wounds caused by natural disasters, here is latest news on a man-made disaster. The serial bomb blast ripped through the bustling streets of Jaipur, the capital city of the state of Rajasthan in India. The eight bombs that went after within minutes of each other took about 63 lives and paralysed the life of Jaipur, a tourist spot also known as Pink City.

The mankind is already fighting terrorism. How are we going to fight against the natural disasters? Is there any way to mitigate the effects of Natural Hazards? We could not yet win the Fight against Terrorism; what about nature? God, please give us a break. We need peace. We want to enjoy the life without the worries of disasters, either man-made or natural.


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