The entire world just saw Kerala being swept away in once-in-a-century kind of floods. Indian citizens, NRIs, and some nations came forward to contribute for relief in cash and kind. Since this was a calamity of magnanimous proportions some may argue that nobody, no state, no chief minister can ever be ready for such a drastic situation. But is it really? Can the states with coastline not expect massive floodings, especially when global warming and climate changes are hovering around our heads for over two decades now?
1. Let's discuss how could we have tackled Kerala better. 2. What can the government do to ensure that region does not reach such a paralyzed state? 3. Did you contribute toward Kerala's relief? If yes, why. If no, why. 4. Leave aside such huge calamities, we see people dying of cold and head and rains too. Can't these deaths be stopped?
We could have tackled Kerala or can tackle any such calamity in a better way. That is by adopting better technologies and disaster management methods. Unfortunately, the agencies are directly controlled by politicians and usually they don't have time to think about it. Economic growth is also one way which will empower people handle problems on their. Fortunately, the politicians work for this but they have been really inefficient when it comes to growth of the nation and the society within.
Being prepared for natural disaster at such a large scale may not be feasible. But the most disturbing part of such painful circumstances is the sheer ignorance from our end till the disaster strikes.
We are responsible for most of these disasters. Global warming, illegal construction of houses, cutting down trees, passing development projects without concerning much about its consequences are major factors contributing to flood and landslides. We first need to stop abusing our planet. We already forgot what happened to Uttarakhand in 2013. Today, Nagaland is fighting flood where 400 villages are affected and the estimated aid needed is INR 400 crore.
We have to focus on the root cause to eliminate or at least control the severity of such disasters.
Let's sanction statues. Statues that celebrate great leaders. Statues that cost the taxpayer not hundreds but thousands of crores. Statues that have a dam built into its base. Statues that have a foundation that becomes a repository for quick action forces. Statues that are landmarks for people to know that this where we'd get help. Statues that more than just cement. But statues that cement our faith in the system.