Thursday, October 08, 2009

Misery in South India


News from the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh has been depressing! Incessant rains over the past several days have resulted in a number of regions being inundated and the loss of lives has been enormous and tragic!

It is estimated that over 200 people have lost their lives in the calamity and close to a million people stand displaced. The state of Andhra Pradesh has estimated damages due to heavy rains and floods at a staggering Rs. 12,225 crore!

One can only hope and pray that the prolonged suffering, which has reached unbearable proportions, will come to an end!

Footnotes:

Image Courtesy - NDTV

Image Description - A woman cries after failing to enter her submerged house at Garlapadu village, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) away from Hyderabad, India.

NDTV's photo account of the floods in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

35 comments:

  1. amen
    strangely though, none of the major media channels have started collecting cash/kind for the flood affected.

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  2. Natural calamities are always unpredictable. Ironically, in June, we wept for rains and now due to rains!

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  3. Hmmm......its sad :( and I feel even govt. is helpless this time. This was totally unexpected !!!

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  4. sadly one or the other part/state of India has to go through these scenes every year ..

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  5. Just makes me wonder we can find water in the moon but we cannot predict the weather going bad!!

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  6. Its very very SAD news today :(
    I think on all the people they are living there ....

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  7. Yes, sad news through and through....and sad to see lives affected so badly,

    wishes,
    devika

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  9. it's 2009! 62 years since independence... and we still don't have things like drainage control mechanisms in place to prevent the floods. thank god my family moved out of farming and in to other things!

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  10. Just a response to Ajai

    If all thought so, what will we eat Ajai??

    No worries we are slowly into that, i guess :))

    btw, just that I am from a farming family....so its bad when it happens there....hence this rambling response....excuse me for that, dear friend :)

    wishes
    devika

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  11. One does feel really bad...but what to do? Don't you see the changing nature and climate all over the world? Mother nature is being constantly raped for one reason or the other.... it has reached an unbearable stage....even rains have become unpredictable.In the name of development we should try to go hand in hand with the nature and should never even attempt to break its equilibrium.Cry for the weeping man,cry for the world.

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  12. honestly speaking the picture sent waves through my body...

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  13. ditto (from the previous comment).. seriously.. powerful pic

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  14. The picture is very powerful, Rakesh. I don't think anyone would manage to not be moved by such a wretched sight.

    I wish we could do something sustainable for the affected people.

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  15. the picture says all.
    I pray for the souls lost,RIP.

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  16. It is indeed saddening to note that we have till now not taken steps to harness this sudden heavy downpour of rain water and channelize it to storage areas like dry lakes etc. Its hopeless that certain water cachement areas have been constructed during the British era and after that, we have not taken much steps at all!

    Destination Infinity

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  17. Magiceye

    Yes Sir! It’s quite strange that there is no talk yet about any monetary aid! I’m not sure why

    Rakesh

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  18. Neeraj

    Yes, and they are sinister too! Way too cruel!

    Rakesh

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  19. Vimmuuu

    Indeed! Very sad and totally unexpected!

    Rakesh

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  20. Aria

    Yes – it’s quite sad that no matter what, one part of the nation is always under a spell of misery!

    Rakesh

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  21. Survivor

    Quite true! But to beat nature, I’m not sure we could ever do that!

    Rakesh

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  22. Anya

    Yes – this is very sad! I can’t imagine a life after such a calamity!

    Rakesh

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  23. Devika Chechi

    Very said indeed! Cannot imagine how people can pick up the pieces from what remains!

    Rakesh

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  24. Give India

    Thanks very much for leaving me your comments and details! More importantly, thanks very much for the noble cause that you further!

    Rakesh

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  25. AJ

    Our facilities suck big time and cannot face any calamity, let alone protecting people!

    What can we say? What can we do? Because, its us who make the government and its we who are responsible!

    Rakesh

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  26. Old Monk

    We sure are helpless against the fury of nature, and much worse, unprepared to mitigate damage! Its no surprise that we are getting back what we do so often – wreck havoc on the nature

    Rakesh

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  27. Rahul

    Me too Rahul, and that’s why I put it there!

    Rakesh

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  28. Sumit

    Yes, that’s precisely what I felt on seeing it the first time!
    How I wish that we could insulate ourselves from the vagaries of nature!

    Rakesh

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  29. Vicky

    Yes – it’s a sad picture! My condolences to the families who lost their every other in this tragedy!

    May God bless them all!

    Rakesh

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  30. DI

    We will never, as a people, learn from the past – neither will be learn, nor implement from other places, where examples remain so well depicted on how it help contain a large scale damage!

    That’s us you know!

    Rakesh

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  31. The image is extremely touching and sad. I pray that their suffering is soon...

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  32. Ajeya

    Yes - it is a very moving image and precisely the reason I chose to put it!

    I do hope, with you, that these poor people be relieved of the sufferings!

    In prayer

    Rakesh

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  33. I used to be human. thats what i'm going to title my next post. I did something stupid. Very stupid. But I'm not ashamed of it. We've this Wipro foundation that collects money from us emplyees, matches our contribution and then gets to rehab work in the affected areas. Their work so far woth the Bihar floods and tsunami relief has been phenomenal. But I asked them to take me off their mailing list. Why? 'cuz i'm tired of seeing suffering all around me. I'm tired of paying taxes which are just not channelised where they should be. Am I becoming inhuman?

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  34. Swati

    I completely understand and empathize with you! Its never easy to be a witness to suffering! And most importantly, being frustrated with the manner in which the government machinery operates!

    You are certainly not being inhuman!!!

    Rakesh

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