Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Prisoners in their own country

When I wrote Is there? I forgot to add

Is there a country which can withstand mother natures fury?

In the wake of Katrina, just 9 months after the tsunami - there’s a sparing difference. In one we saw ppl coming together, acting as fast and tough as possible, governments actually trying to make a difference. Then we heard cries, promises and taunts that we Asians weren’t doing a good job of having precautions set. And what did world class precautions help people of New Orleans? Nothing.

Despite knowing there was a huge calamity, not enough was done. Despite just seeing what nature can do, just 9 months back, nothing was done. Despite knowing in dire, all help must be utilised, nothing was done.

Not getting enough help - hungry victims were shot and called looters; waiting to be saved in vain - a women died, with her, hope went as well.

Did we actually learn anything from the tsunami?

Prisoners in their own country, god bless them. May the trapped be rescued soon.

Ps : Wrote this yesterday, wanted to post it later but read Uma’s.


Narayanan Venkitu said...

Living here in the US and seeing all this on TV and newspapers + speaking to people here, I feel that , it's a shame that things weren't handled well on a grave incident like this.!

Shameful, I thought. I am sure a lot of heads in the GOVT are going to roll.

I pity the citizens of the affected areas ( a lot of unknown, not see on TV small towns included).

Its stupid to not take precautionary steps knowing the weakness of the city of New orleans.! Sitting below Sea level, lots of chemical factories, Lots of poor population.!!!

I hope and wish this opens the eyes of all countries/govts / people around the world.!!!

Until then...God bless all those affected by Katrina...or any other catastrophes!!

visithra said...

small heads will roll - not the big ones - but its a bit too late don't ya think?

Tsunami didn't open their eyes do you think this will? I don't think man actually learns from natures lessons!

Kartoshka said...

That trully disgust me are the people who went shop lifting and those preventing the help. I would greatly reccomend www.illwillpress.com the small flash movie named "hurrican report".

Spyder_Z said...

THE LESSONS BY NATURE - which is not learned NOW. Is it caused by LOW mentality or LOW knowledge about the nature itself ?

GOD, bless all the people who surfered Tsunami and Katrina.... !

chennaiite said...

here's something I came across....

- inches of rain in new orleans due to hurricane katrina... 18
- inches of rain in mumbai (July 27th).... 37.1

- population of new orleans... 484,674
- population of mumbai.... 12,622,500

- deaths in new orleans within 48 hours of katrina...100
- deaths in mumbai within 48hours of rain.. 37

- number of people to be evacuated in new orleans... entire city..wohh
- number of people evacuated in mumbai...10,000

- Cases of shooting and violence in new orleans...Countless
- Cases of shooting and violence in mumbai.. NONE

- Time taken for US army to reach new orleans... 48hours
- Time taken for Indian army and navy to reach mumbai...12hours

- status 48hours later...new orleans is still waiting for relief, army and electricty
- status 48hours later..mumbai is back on its feet and is business is as usual

- USA...world's most developed nation
- India...third world country..

While I feel very sorry for those affected, I think its high time the US Govt realizes how susceptible it is to such calamities.

Jeevan said...

very sad to read, hungry victims were shot and called looters.

visithra said...

Kartoshka : Those who went shop lifting were actually victims would lost everything and not receiving help. They do need to eat and wear dry clothes. Its the media and politicians who are painting them as looters.

Chennaiite : I've read that. Hopefully US will realise they need to look out for their own people before trying to look after the world!

Jeevan : It took nearly 5 days for help to arrive! A lady died waiting! Extremly sad.