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Flood— India’s traditional recipe of destruction

Saturday - August 10, 2019 9:05 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

The major part of India affected by flood 

AUG 10 (WTN) – Rivers have been both India’s blessing and bane. They are life givers on the one hand, sustaining millions of people and their livelihoods on their banks, while on the other hand these same rivers take lives in thousands and maroon millions when they breach their banks in flood fury. Violent floods in central India have tripled since 1950, according to researchers who have warned of worse to come in future. The region of about half-a-billion people is regularly stricken by flash floods, landslides and torrential rains that kill thousands and displace millions of people, as well as drowning crops and livestock. 

Storms, floods, heat and cold waves have increased the world over. India is particularly vulnerable due to the open seas on its three sides and the hundreds of rivers that crisis cross its geographical area. India has a huge population that is prone to be ravaged by such weather extremes. Due to comparative poverty and lack of infrastructure and technology implementation we are lesser equipped to handle climatic exigencies than our western counterparts. 

In every case of unfortunate climatic mishap, we are found wanting and dithering with a mishmash of various departments and organizations chipping in and muddling things up— none having a concrete and wholesome plan. There is no coordinated synchronization of action which could streamline the restoration and rehabilitation process on war footing. Help often reaches late as multiple departments fighting for their own space squabble to take the credit of doing the most and the best. In this melee, the common man suffers. 

Had we been more organized and disciplined in planning and action, we could ward off much of the dangers of flooding. And there is no effort at course correction. We are still not in the habit of pre-planning and taking pre-emptive action against possible dangers. At a time of rapid climatic degeneration and global warming, we must be ever ready to face every situation with efficiency and alacrity so that there is minimal loss to life and property. There were 268 floods in India between 1950 and 2015, killing almost 70,000 people and leaving about 17 million homeless.

Isn’t it a shame that despite making enviable strides in satellite technology which makes weather predictions so easy and accurate, we still are unable to save precious lives from preventable causes? We have all the resources in hand yet on the ground implementation is poor. Not only greater awareness needs to be spread in school and college students through sustained campaigns and greater stress on the subject in the course curriculum, apart from workshops and seminars involving experts and industry, it is also needed to ensure that our natural resources and geographical realities are not tampered with for petty economic gains. 

Often rampant constructions are carried on in violation of environment norms that cause flash flooding and other such unnatural occurrences. Our warning systems need to be upgraded and updated and early preparedness to battle out natural calamities in line with the best practices of the world should be ensured. We don’t need to wait for an emergency to get our actions together. Through constant drills and mock exercises we should always be in a state of readiness. It is human callousness, corruption and lack of national feeling in officials and leaders that are at the root of this traditional bane we suffer. 

If we protect our environment by measures like planting trees, regulating settlements and constructions in forestland or hills or riverbanks etc, we can tame the adverse effects of nature’s undulations effectively. Urgent corrective measures are important because in the days to come, we are going to be face to face with more violent, more intense and more frequent of natural disasters which can kill millions in one go.