Monday, May 26, 2008

" remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all..."- Elie Wiesel

What never ceases to amaze me is :-

  • We live barely 1000km north of an area (the Bay of Bengal) where the deadliest cyclones brew in this part of the year. In the past 6 months cyclone SIDR snuffed out 15,000 lives in Bangladesh and last month NARGIS broke records by killing more than 100,000 in Burma.
    Nothing really stops these monsters from blowing our way!

  • Not withstanding the above we live in an area which receives around the heaviest rainfall in the world, annually 3000mm which is around 10 feet of rain!

  • Partly because of this, as per Geological Survey of India (GSI) we live in the most landslide prone part of the country (and maybe the world!)

  • We also live in Earthquake zone IV

  • Our drainage system is virtually what the Britishers left us with. If anything even that is in a state of disrepair and certainly no new drains have come up in the last 20years.

  • Our forest cover is drastically reduced.

  • Our towns are pockmarked with landslide zones and the rampant unplanned construction is a recipe for disaster.

  • We have experts predicting an impending disaster in these hills.

    Yet we remain silent and indifferent!

    praful rao

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