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Survival is always good?

October 7, 2009

Well.. I am feeling otherwise.

Until a couple of days I was of the opinion that, come what may the good thing to happen in any accident or disaster is Survival. In some cases it may lead to impairment/disability but I felt the person would be happy to survive through that incident and able to enjoy the rest of his life with his dear ones. But today, when I look at the visuals from flood affected places in AP/Karnataka, I am forced to think otherwise.

One day you are leading your life normally and the very next day water rushes into your homes, disrupts your life and the next day, you are left with nothing at all. All through the last week, I was happy that not many have lost their lives due to floods and they have managed to survive, but now I am not sure whether I should be happy or sad for the plight of those who survived.

Day before yesterday, 600 people were hospitalized due to food poisoning at a flood relief camp. I have seen visuals of people complaining that they have been in the camp from 2-3 days and had nothing to eat. People complaining that their kids were starving and they dint even have milk to feed them. With temperatures low, they dint even have a blanket to protect themselves. Be it rich or poor, they have lost everything they earned and now many are literally on the streets. Would they be happy that they managed to survive the floods and now they have to wait for someone to provide food and shelter for them? How much would it hurt when they see their rest of the family starving and are struggling to survive?

For once, I don’t want to blame it on government for not providing proper facilities for these people. They dint expect such a large scale destruction and they are trying their level best to save the victims and yet the situation is pathetic. As time passes by, may be these days will remain as nothing more than memories and they all would be living happily-ever-after. But I don’t understand why suffer such a pain? It’s said that to know the essence of what we have we have to go through tough situations but does that help?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2009 9:58 PM

    FIRST!!! 😀
    Me 🙂

  2. October 7, 2009 10:39 PM

    I know this is bad!!

    Specially when we think from the point of view of ppl who are suffering!!! They too must be thinking ‘isse to hum mar jaate’

    But then this life dear!!! Some things are beyond anyone and we feel the real effect when we see it from close quarters!!!
    Very true Smita. It’s only when we see such things from close quarters that we feel the pain and suffering.

  3. October 7, 2009 10:50 PM

    Mystery, its a blame that must be shared by both the people who lived in that area and governement…

    AP government officials has made a huge blunder by delaying the opening of the dam and when they have decided to do so the amount of water coming into the dam has increased considerably and they are in a situation to send out how much amount of water comes in… due to the sudden release of large amount of water the shores of the water channel has broken.. and the water moved into people living areas..

    as far as I know from the newspapers this is one of the heaviest rainfall in AP history in 106 years… so the water channel was never checked when such heavy water outputs..

    and now the government is suffering from the mistake made at a crucial time… and people should not be allowed to build home near river banks.. govt never says anything fearing vote.. even if they say people won’t mind…

    I dont think i can agree with your point Kanagu. Yes, i feel that a better coordination among both the states would have improved the situation a little..
    but delaying the opening of the dams, I dont think it was a bad decision. As far as i know the water stored in all these reservoirs was less and would not be sufficient to supply it to the farmers in the coming days.. so it was natural for the govt to save some water for future use..I don’t know, i might be wrong here but i feel they did the right thing ..
    as u rightly pointed out, this was the worst floods since about 106 years and i am sure no one would have expected the amount of destruction it would lead to..
    As and when they understood the seriousness of the situation, i feel that they did their best to save people from the upcoming disaster.. People from many places were forcefully moved to other places so as to save their lives..

    and survival is really important mystery… that gives us a chance to set the things right… a hope for tomorrow…
    I understand the point Kanagu. but seeing the pain in the eyes of those who survived makes me think otherwise..

  4. October 7, 2009 11:16 PM

    Mystery this devastation clearly shows that you can never go against the nature.All this has happened due to improper planning by both the govts of karnataka and andhra.

    I felt so sorry after hearing people telling that they didnt eat since last two days and one family has lost her kids.
    Yes saritha, all the visuals from those places are so disturbing…
    But airforce has done a good job by air lifting people in vijaywada and surronding areas and govt has also made people to vacate their homes much before water reached there house.I heard force was used to vacate people from their homes.
    Yes.a lot of people were forced to vacate from their homes.. as many dint think they would be affected, they were reluctant to move out and hence they were forced

  5. October 8, 2009 12:58 AM

    Last year, when chennai had rains for 4 days continuously, I had water in my home till the hip level. A massive destruction and it took me almost 20k and 2 weeks to restore my house. I cant even imagine how those people are managing the situation there. How muchever we provide them through relief funds is not enough ! and as you mentioned, govt is helpess, they are doing their best ! all these calamities can never be predicted with accuracy, right ?

    Yes vimmuuu..
    even i feel the govt is helpless.. with a little of long-term planning, they could have improved the situation a little but still i guess no amount of planning can bring the lives of those affected back to normal..

  6. October 8, 2009 9:19 AM

    These days most natural calamities – floods, famines etc. – are man-made…Govts. lacks foresight and the will to plan…Everything is looked at from a short term point of view, hence the disasters…

    Very true Bones.
    its man who is causing most of the problems.

  7. October 8, 2009 9:37 AM

    Gosh! The flood situation has been pretty bad.
    My husband’s Aunt and her family escaped narrowly the floods and the homeless situation in Manthralaya…
    They are now here in Bangalore at another relative’s house… apparently their home and hotel has been wrecked..
    manthralaya has been in badly was said that the whole city drowned

    Sad really… there is no proper vision and most people are intent on making quick money hence so many problems..

    Talking about quick in the flood affected places, the shopkeepers are selling the necessary commodities at sky high prices..
    and those who are left with the few amounts of money are unable to buy them..

  8. October 8, 2009 10:46 AM

    Its really sad Mystery! I know ppl wud nw b thinking its better they were dead but in future, when everything is fine again, they wil thank God that they r alive. N I agree with Kanagu, there ws a goof-up with opening the dam gates 😦

    Just hope ppl there hv the basic necesities atleast !
    Hope everything comes back to atleast-close-to-normal soon..
    Man hs to learn one thing though Mystery .. nature is indeed fuming @ the things we r doing. We r directly/indirectly the cause of her fury :(. Cutting trees, pollution, the amount of plastic we discard everywhere, we never realize when we do it but then its too late 😦
    Very true Swaram.. nature is indeed fuming at things we r doing…and its obvious that such things are bound to repeat in the future.. 😦

  9. October 8, 2009 12:26 PM

    sometimes survival is bad… that is when you are left with a loss.. its very difficult to then pick up the pieces of ur life and start afresh!
    To gather all the pieces of life is also not so easy in the present case nova…

  10. October 8, 2009 4:36 PM

    Me 😦

  11. October 10, 2009 4:06 PM

    It is so sad, Mystery. In a lot of ways, I feel the impact of natural calamities can be reduced if we have long term planning in place. Sadly, in our country, govts do nothing of that sort.
    the present govts are so unstable that for all of the time they are in power, all they think is how to retain the power and as a result they have no time think about ppl..

    I can’t imagine the condition of the people who have borne the brunt of such large scale destruction.. I just hope they never have to face anything of this sort ever again.. As you said, is survival enough? I can’t say.. I just hope that they are able to pick up pieces of their lives and rebuild again. I knew a friend whose house had been entirely demolished in the Gujarat earthquake – and how difficult it was for them to start all over again..
    Yes start afresh when they are left with nothing..not even clothes is very difficult..hope the situation improves as time passes by

  12. October 13, 2009 1:27 AM


    it does seem so paradoxical…

    when 26 july floods happened in mumbai, the houses opposite our buiding was so badly drowned, so much destruction, and it too so long to get things back to normal.

    what an ordeal to survive this, only to be infected by some illness, and so many more challenges to conquer 😐

    Yes crafty.. be it man made or natural disasters such as takes a lot of time to get back to normal…

    but mystery, there’s a quote that realllly caught my fancy –

    what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

    its so easy to say it, but if u survived it, u are a bit tougher than before. i guess that makes it worth it!
    Wonderful quote Crafty… it makes us more stronger than before..
    (((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))) to u too

  13. November 6, 2009 3:46 PM

    Where there is life there is hope. All these calamities are increasing because of the way we cut trees and destroy nature to create unplanned cities.
    I agree IHM, all these calamities are because of us humans as we are forgetting to look beyond the present and ignoring the damage we are doing to the environment..
    I feel governments should encourage the common citizen to help. In many cases of train accidents etc, it’s always the people from the neighboring areas who come and help. We have so system in place for any disaster management. Reading this heart felt post made me think about it seriously for the first time.
    true that we do not have any disaster management system and even if we do have one, in calamities such as this its difficult to manage as the team which was supposed to handle such things would also be suffering with others in the floods..and as the communication and transport links were cut at several places, it would be difficult to reach the needy..
    If there were organisations collecting blankets, medicines and other required stuff, or money, I am sure we will contribute.
    We all would and have definitely contributed IHM. At that time, immediately after the floods, seeing the video coverage of the affected places, i felt so helpless and sad for those who managed to survive..

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