US attitude towards tsunami ..

I was thinking about this from the day the Tsunami struck….someone has expressed his anguish in the mail I received…

Though I don’t subscribe to all the details below, I still believe they haven’t tried their best to inform us about the disaster… even if it helped to save one life it is worth the attempt…

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US Officials detected Quake but there was no alert system…………….. Do you also think so……………….Is it essential to have some mechanized system …………. to save few lives if not all

Just read this …………….abstracts of article appeared in Economic Times…..dated 28th Dec 04 may be we would know what US is………….

“US Officials who detected a massive earthquake off Asia’s Coast on Saturday tried frantically to warn the deadly wall of water was coming, the head of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said on Sunday. But there was no official alert system in the region because such catastrophes only happen there about once every 700 years, said Charles McCreery, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s center in Honolulu.

Now just read the important part of the article……..

“We tried to do what we could” McCreery said, “we don’t have contacts in our address book for anybody in that part of the world” ………..do you think in a country of 100 + crores populations one needs address book……….. don’t we have a Prime Minister, Who could have been informed………..don’t we have our embassy in US……

“We actually issued a bulletin about the quake but it only went to the countries in the pacific ….that subscribe …. And that would include Australia and Indonesia”

………..Just think thru……….after advancement of Civilisation from stone age to present Revolutionary Communication Age……… do Mankind have to wait for some subscription to save lives…………. Just because US has invested in these monitoring systems……US felt it not necessary to save lives of Indians and Sri-lankans who have been worstly effected ……….so many mothers lost children and many children lost their parents isn’t it a sheer poor mindset that US carries …..

“they were unable to reach the thousands in the countries most severely affected including India, Thailand and Sri Lanka because none had tsunami warning mechanism or tidal gauges to alert people, he said………………………….just think thru again….. do we need such mechanized version to save lives ………we have live incident of GANESHA DRINKING MILK …….. and this news was spread across India in just half hour……………… Tsunami had given around 1.5 hr ………..don’t you think we had enough time for saving many lives ……….think of those Children, Old age people and not the least our Air force personnel’s who lost their lives…………….

Now just read the last note ………….this will shatter you ……………..

“A warning center such as those used around the pacific could have saved thousands of lives, Waverly person of the US Geological Survey’s National Earthquake information Center, said most of those people could have been saved if they had a tsunami warning system in place or tide gauges……he said ……and I think this will be a lesson to them..”

Just try to find out Answer…………..
1) Had US tried to inform Indian Admin, how many lives could have been saved from 8000+ till now…
2) Is technology a monopoly to save someone lives…………..
3) What lesson is US trying to teach us and that too at cost of so many lives….
4) Is US trying sell these mechanized products to us by not saving lives……..and boosting its economy
5) Are we dependent on others to save our countrymen……
6) At this point we are trying to provide aid to srilanka and others inspite of fact that India too is suffering and …………….US could not inform us as their address book was empty???? What a Pitty ….

Its High time we realized that dependency on so called big brothers for anything.. even for warnings to save lives comes with a cost. Nothing is done with good will; its all pre-calculated and thrusted interests…

We Indians need to be more pro-active, determined, matured and intelligent enough to solve our own problems… rather than looking at others “#$%” ; if we don’t remain alert we are going to drown both culturally and literally.


Building long term visions both as individuals and communities; acting immediately to save our own lives, integrity, property, interests, culture, environment is the only solution to prevent “Future Indian generations” from perishing.

  • Anonymous

    >hey true…
    been receiving this mail… from all.. as to how we werent informed about the disaster…

    Regards,
    Vinitha

    http://honeyvini.rediffblogs.com

  • Krish

    >yes..they need to prove they r super power by saving lives lives not by taking …..

  • Sudhir Parasuram (Lakkaraju)

    >Krish,

    I’ve read (what I think is) enough about this from the day news came out about the alert (and that was a day or two after the disaster). And, I really am tired of it, after seeing enough arguments about it.

    While it’s indeed an issue that those people couldn’t inform using pretty simple channels, do you think we would have been any more prepared ?

    Who would the news go to ? Will the administration be ready to accept such news from (what could be) frivolous sources, how much would they understand the gravity of the situation and how would they be able to react without proper infrastructure in place ?

    We don’t have even a simple mechanism of informing those who are (to be) affected. Plus, we have no training on emergency evacuation, etc. A lot of people would not have got the message, would have refused to move from their locations, those who would move would create pandemonium and probably cause a stampede, there would be rampant looting, etc. The list is long since we (India, I’m not going to talk about others) have never had training/awareness/methods-to-inform/tackle such incidents.

    Disaster and crisis management groups by the government are nothing but a costly sham (if they are funded by govt.).

    Sadly, there are probably more people dying each day (and year put altogether) due to road accidents in India and what have we done about it ?

    So, let’s not blame those scientists alone for not using their brain. In the end, it might not even have mattered and we’ll probably forget this in some period of time when the next tragedy hits us !! Yeah, that’s cynical, but that’s the truth.

    Regard,
    Sudhir.P

    http://sudhir-lp.blogspot.com

  • Krish

    >Agree with ur arg. Sudhir!

    I still believe they haven’t tried their best to inform us about the disaster… even if it helped to save one life it is worth the attempt…

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