Floods leave behind horrible images of destruction. The water recedes from cities and villages and thousands of unwanted and ominous dead bodies of humans and animals are left on the streets, just to be picked up and added to a mere number in the records?
Each year, incessant rains; overflowing rivers and subsequent floods causes deadly landslides and devastating flooding which affects thousands of people across India.
Floods in India are the perfect storm with thousands losing their lives and millions getting displaced each year. Scores of people lose their lives across the country and the number is expected to rise once the water clears and leaves behind piles of decaying dead bodies of humans and animals and filth.
This year too, the case is the same.
Devastating rainfall across South Asia has led to the deaths of more than 1,200 people and directly affected more than 40 million people in northern India, southern Nepal, northern Bangladesh and southern Pakistan.
In Mumbai, the deluge revived memories of the 2005 floods that killed more than 500 people. About 60% of Mumbai’s 20 million residents live in a slum, which gives the city its nickname “Slumbai”. More than 150,000-300,00 people are laying barely on the streets, without proper shelter over their heads due to very limited government and other means of help.
But while you’re at home reading this like another unimportant article, there are people who’re willing to make a change. Mehul Ved, a software professional, created a spreadsheet listing those offering assistance. By Thursday, it contained the names of 6,500 people prepared to help strangers with food, shelter and a change of clothes.
But for those living on the streets, there are no offers of shelter. In general, the community kitchens, government help, and shelter provided by churches, temples and some shopkeepers, are currently reserved for better-off residents.
Organizations wanting to contribute are faced with people begging them for poison because they can’t cope any longer, because they’re tired of watching their children starve to death in the same wet clothes for the past weeks and because there’s not they can do about it, and because most of the people who can, aren’t doing anything.
Most of the homeless families are daily-wage workers who buy food each day, a task that became impossible during the storm. Unabated construction on floodplains and coastal areas, as well as storm water drains and waterways clogged with plastic rubbish, have made Mumbai increasingly vulnerable to storms.
“Together, we can overcome any ordeal,” the Mumbai Police tweeted. “Thank you all for showing what humanity is in the face of adversity!’’
A similar sort of situation lies in West Bengal too.
Flood. It sounds like such a feeble word. But it’s this flood that has affected more than 1.5 crore people in West Bengal itself and 152 people have died fighting against these ‘floods’. And death isn’t the worst thing floods lead to. Due to such a phenomena, over six hectares of crop fields in North Bengal and over 1,89,161 house have been fully damaged.
There are millions around our country who’re begging for death while we’re at home safely sleeping. It’s during these times of need where it’s vital for us to contribute our shares for the betterment for those affected. It’s not just enough to act, we need to act now.
Author: Anjali Surana
Edited By: Harsh Kumbhat