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Earthquake & Tsunami

 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 2:45 pm    Post subject: Earthquake & Tsunami Reply with quote

Dear All,

The devastation caused by earthquake and tsunami has been
immense. The immediate tragedy of death and injury will be
followed by the tragedy of long term displacement and
economic uprootment.

I can empathize with the affected persons in so far as the
unexpectedness is concerned. The quake of Gujarat 2001 was
just as unexpected for us. Though we too could have known of
it as a possibility. Fact is we did not.

Much as we must work towards mitigating risk of loss of life
from tsunamis, we must also recognize that nature ultimately
does wreak the havoc it is capable of.

So if the residents of Delhi and other at-risk places think
a major earthquake will not strike in their lifetime, maybe
they should discard such
"hope-for-the-best-and-forget-the-worst" attitude and start
preparing for the worst.

It is not just tsunamis we must start being concerned about.
But we should start being concerned about all mortal risks
we carry  in our day-to-day lives.

Again the person on the street was unaware of risks. That we
must dispel. We must launch initiatives that inform people
directly of the risks from earthquakes.

- Dhirendra Tripathi

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