Sunday, August 31, 2008

The River Of Sorrow...


Nature can be beautiful, refreshing and kind. But on another day it can be brutal and devastating. Bihar is already a state that is writhing in poverty and disparity. As if the people of the state were not already suffering a lot, here comes another reason, almost every year...Nature.!.! Either its the extreme cold and heat wave that kill hundreds or Floods that just sweep a few more away. Floods is just one of the many of such rituals in Bihar. Floods strike, people are relocated, floods subside and people go back. Usually the floods every year are minor, and somewhat necessary to the agricultural sustenance. But this time it has been a massive catastrophe...! Not seen ever in this region since 1950.

The problem is that the river Kosi didn't like to stay where it is. All rivers change their course over a period of time. But most do so gradually and take take decades to alter their path. River Kosi, however does so abruptly. It overflowed apparently due to a breach in a dam in Nepal. The massive amounts of water from the melting Himalayans glaciers inundated large parts of Bihar. When the flood water settles down,the river will be in a totally different place...!! That's why its also called the "Dancing River". Thus the dance of death continues. And millions of lives have been devastated, homes destroyed and future of millions more is uncertain. No matter what the government does, the scale of destruction is so much that providing aid is quite difficult. And of course there is also all the red tape invlolved which takes time to untangle and some official in between will try to stash some aid for himself.

Which brings me to the point about man trying to control nature. No mater how much man tries to keep it in check ( dams, canals ), nature always finds a way to strike back. The only difference is that man takes at least a few years or decades to ravage nature. But when nature strikes all it sometimes needs is a few minutes or days. Who knows, maybe the floods were caused due accelerated melting of glaciers, as a result of Global Warming. India is always prone to the vagaries of nature. People generally are able to handle disasters of manageable proportions, quite well. But there are times when the balance of nature is ruined beyond hope. And when nature tries to get back into the equilibrium messed up by man, it does so rather violently. The result is what we sometimes see as really bizarre or as horrific fury of nature.

The only problem is that most of who perish in such calamities are those who already are one of the most downtrodden. Ah well... nature doesn't know to select it victims. Alas.

14 Comments:

srinivasan said...

Hi aslam these floods can be avoided by joining the rivers in india know. So that major accidents can be avoided. What do u think about this comment.

Aslam said...

Like i said Srini, no matter what we do to control nature, it will always find a way to overcome our will... The dams were supposed to control water, but still floods come, dont they..?

Besides, joining all the rivers is a very difficult task. I personally feel that all the states wont cooperate willingly to share the water. Plus, who knows what sort of biodiversity and ecological problems it may bring about..? Like affecting the wildlife and vegetation of the area...

Visu said...

Ah, yes, very bad. As was said, Its impossible to control mother nature, she can be devastating at times. But still, these flood thingy can be controlled to an extent with the projects like what srini told. Basic idea is to share the abundant resource. But wait, this is just impossible, atleast as of now.
Welcome to India. :)

Bhargavi said...

@ visu
politics everywhere.. yeah thats India!

@ topic
poor ppl are affected more.. may be its because they live in huts rather than proper brick houses.

n the relief materials don't reach the affected ppl in time.. i saw in the news a man complaining that they get the breakfast only at 2pm.. The relief measures can be more active.. but it IS diff for the govt to rehab so many ppl..

God save the people!

Aslam said...

@Visu

Yeah it is tough to think about anything from a scientific or a realistic point of view without dragging in the political view point...! Every new initiative will bring about violent protests... buses will burn... roads blocked.. and people will continue to suffer... BUT... The political ideology will be duly guarded by champions of democracy... CRAP..!

@B

Well... even brick houses dont serve too well in such adverse conditions..! And those who live in huts do so cos that is all they can afford... rehab is difficult because we are never prepared.. we have a disaster management body which just leaves everything in the hands of the armed forces.
After that there is no planning and no lessons are learnt...!

Bhargavi said...

@topic
now we know who is responsible..
http://www.business-standard.com/india/storypage.php?autono=332874

negligence of the politicians...

Bhargavi said...

but ppl of bihar are now very busy fighting for a living.. so they can't analyse the reasons behind it.

Hope bihar(or should i say India) gets leaders..

@aslam
btw y do u refer to me as B? can't u type my full name.. :P

Bhargavi said...

better leaders*

Aslam said...

@Bhargavi

See.. i spelled ur full name now..! Happy..? I referred to u as "B" because of ur blogger pic...

Srini said...

hi but what i think is we could save many life by this project. This can group the STATE of INDIA. Only road can join us ah da. these rivers can also join us.

R

Aslam said...

@srini
Sure dude..! Seriously we need more people like you to make such projects a reality. As for our leaders, they will keep debating, fighting, arguing and never arrive at a solution...!

Whether it will help to unite or create further problems we cant be sure of..!

Philip Kingsley said...

A few hrs back had a visitor from Bihar. Looks like the flood situation was better than last year. this year for them it seems right now the flood has come to their town border which was very less compared to last year which was about a shoulder level water. He told me that this is because of the release of water from a DAM in nepal. The indian government will have two days time to take precautions

Aslam said...

@philip

"The Indian government will have two days time to take precautions"... U mean that we got a warning two days before and nothing was done ( or could be done ) in order to prevent it..??

Maybe it isn't bad in the place ur "visitor" is from but over all it has been one of the worst ever to hit the state..!! and it wasn't a exactly release of water from the dam that caused it.. it was a breach by the river over the dam.

Philip Kingsley said...

Yeah it was a breach from the DAM!. Looks like they didnt have time to announce it to us. Even if Indian government have got the news, even then its a hard issue to take control... And the most important aspect is the passing of message from the capital to all rural areas. There is no telephone lines or electric lines. They might install them, but the people would have steal those wires and cable and sell them.. Am serious!!! My brother used to tell that they used to get power from EB for 4-6 hrs a day. And he used to pay 400 rs for a generator power for a month. But now its getting better!!!
So there is always lack of communication!!! the roads arent properly laid. there are not much bus facilities like we have. If the government try to lay roads, the naxalites will attack the road construction workers!!! Looks like i could write a blog about the state bihar! But since u have written already we'll discuss about that more if we want!!!