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After tremors

Posted: September 20, 2011 in calamities, Climate, Nature

We had all forgotten about the fury-filled face of nature until Strong tremors were felt across North and East India Sunday evening killing scores of people and injuring many more. The destruction caused by the calamity is yet to be fully determined as the rains and landslides continue to hinder rescue works.

Tremors were felt in Lucknow, Patna, Kolkata, New Delhi and the National Capital Region, which sent thousands of people running out of their homes. Three aftershocks, of magnitude 5.7, 5.1 and 4.6 were also felt in Sikkim, says the India Meteorological Department.

Many buildings in Sikkim have developed cracks, including the Sikkim Manipal University building. There is no electricity in Gangtok and Darjeeling. Telephone lines have also snapped in some parts of Sikkim; phone lines are congested in West Bengal. While the rescue team is doing their best to restore order and calm, let us hope no more bad news is awaiting us.

shoker once again

Posted: July 15, 2011 in calamities, society

Just when everyone thought all is well and the sound of terror will be heard no more, Mumbai blasts have jolted the nation. Sending shock waves across the cities, the blasts happened at places one least expected to happen. Crowded Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and Dadar Kabootarkhana were the hotspots this time killing 10 and injuring at least 100 people. The Mumbai crowd once again came to a stand still at a time when people were on their way back to home after work. The incident would have been fatal had it been a while when the school kids were on roads after the school.

These blasts once again bring memories of terror and infiltration and the need to act in a manner that befits the safety and security of common people of this country. They have once again successfully proved that they can just do it anywhere and anytime they want. If it is that city today, tomorrow it can be ours.

Japan in shambles

Posted: March 15, 2011 in calamities

After a break of weeks the nature’s fury is once again at its horrible touch. This time the victim is japan at the receiving end. Perhaps, it s the worst tragedy to hit them after the WW II. Half a week is gone after the ferocious tsunami hit the diminutive country followed by shattering earth quakes. The story of tragedy doesn’t seem to end there. Powerful earthquakes rattled nuclear reactor plants pushing them to face an alarming and crisis situation amidst the debris.

As if all that is not enough, in south-western Japan, the 1,421-metre Shinmoedake volcano erupted on Sunday, ringing alarm bells as ash and rocks shot up into the sky, but it was not immediately clear if it was a fallout of the massive earthquake.

According to the Interior Ministry, a total of 72,945 buildings were destroyed or have become permanently unusable.  Thousands of people are still stranded, many of them waiting for a rescue on the roofs of schools, supermarkets and government office buildings.

About 550,000 people had been evacuated by late Monday to more than 2,500 shelters, as meteorologists predicted more cold weather and snow by Wednesday, DPA said.  In Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture – one of the areas hardest-hit in Friday’s quake and tsunami – more than 1,000 bodies have been recovered, local police chief Naoto Takeuchi said.

The death toll in Miyagi could exceed 10,000, the official said as 1,000 bodies were found in Minami Sanriku in the prefecture.

Another Blast

Posted: February 4, 2011 in calamities

The blast at Palakkad killing more than a dozen people showcase the shoddy state affairs prevailing in our country. The unit, located in an open space close to Shornur-Palakkad railway track, has been functioning without license for the last two years. The man at the helm has been running hither and thither to get the license renewed. However the authorities at the respective area seem to have had some foresight and discretion. Nevertheless, those who suppose to see that such units don’t function failed to put their act together and as a consequence many had to pay with their lives.

It is not the first tragedy of the sort. Irresponsible and cold action from the authorities and reckless craze from individuals has caused poor people to fall in the pit of these death units. Unless there is a common and stringent law that makes sure no such units function, lives of poor people will continue to be cheap.

Deadly rain…

Posted: January 15, 2011 in calamities

Natural calamities happen not as per human plan or prediction. Though up to some extend it is foreseen, there is nothing we can do to prevent it. Maybe it is a way nature is reacting to the atrocities we do to her.

At present the ball is with nature anyway reports of death and devastation are pouring in from Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

Flood water in Australia’s Queensland state has washed down 12,000 homes in the city of 2 million and left 118,000 buildings without power.

Death toll in Brazil has already crossed 250 mark. The fury of Flood yet to be satiated, the death and damage can prove to be fatal at the final count.

At least 30 people may have been killed and about 1,000 homes damaged by floods in South Africa in the past week.

Deadly Floods hit our neighboring Sri Lanka killing at least 18 people and swamped the homes of nearly one million.

Looks like the year 2011 doesnt prove to be a bright and happy one for thousands around with world.