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Questions raised on Govt. Relief is not reaching us – Victims Cry ? Army should play a Bigger Role.

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment


Farooq Basha says for three day his family has no food and no water to drink, he also said relief has not reached his village.

Farooq Basha says for three days his family has no food and no water to drink, he also said relief has not reached his village.

India May Face High Commodity Prices, and Economic Discomfort due to Floods and Drought at the Same time.

Many parts of India experienced severe Drought, and many Faced Floods, which has resulted in heavy agricultural produce reduction. This may trigger higher commodity prices in India. The priorities will be health, and bringing the areas effected to normalcy and support the victims of the floods, by the govt.

The Big Question mark is the govt. and its agencies are not able to reach to the victims and provide the most needed help and support to them, the effective are the Army and the local people, NGO’s and people from City of Hyderabd and external agencies helping the victms more effective than the govts.

A blanket of water hides the devastation underneath it. Miles and miles of villages, small cities, and farmland are spoiled by standing flood wate

 First the waters raged for days, then they seemed to pull back almost as fast as they came but the damage had been done with such fury that more than 1.5 million were left homeless.

“Everything was drowned,” flood victim Mohammed Farooq Basha said. “The water came to the second floor we called for help. No one came.”

He lives in Kurnool where more than 200,000 people were trapped when the water suddenly surrounded the town in Andhra Pradesh.

For two days he and his family survived without food or water until the floodwater receded freeing them, he told CNN. “We were hungry, thirsty. The child got a fever.”

But they lived. Now he is back sitting in front of his home trying to put his life back in order. It means removing the thick mud that has attached itself to everything in his home.

He is not the only one toughing it out and trying to reverse the effects of the worst flooding here in decades.

“I am completely devastated,” 50-year-old Ramaya said

Like many he lost not only his home but his business.

All  the daal — lentils that are a staple of the Indian diet — he had prepared to sell were spoiled by the grayish brown flood waters.

 He did not mince words when asked about aid to flood victims. “Nobody has come to help. Nobody,” he said. “No drinking water, no clothes, nothing for four of five days.”

But there are efforts being made. On the ground the government camps are visible in some villages. In the air the Indian Air Force helicopters have been dropping supplies for days, never mind making intensely dangerous rescue missions in the first few days.

Some people were stuck in trees including a family of four, Indian Air Force Helicopter Pilot P.K. Chugh said. “They were stuck on the branches of the trees for two days without food or water … no sleep. Just imagine yourself sitting on a branch without sleep, food, water.”

Aid workers from both local and international non-governmental organizations are also in the area trying to help. But with so many people in need of food, water and shelter the needs are way beyond what is being done.

Besides the humanitarian toll there is an economic one too. The floods have damaged hundreds of kilometers of crops in the two southern states.

In India 60 percent of the working population relies directly on the land to make a living and another 10 percent indirectly, economists say. In both Karnatak and Andhra Pradesh vegetable crops have been badly hit and not only by the floods.

India has also suffered droughts in many states this year. The brutal combination has created higher food prices and threatens to impact India’s economy as a whole.

But for those caught in the extreme weather the concerns are all about survival.

Back in Kurnool, Padmawati sits rubbing the mud off utensils and worries where she will get her next meal and if there will there be any clean water to wash it down.”There is nothing to eat, no water to drink, there is no sanitation and no power.”

The situation is still grim and hopless the magnitude of the help has to be expanded and more army and crpf should be landed in the area to take the stock of the situation with the food and medicines and clothing.

Each passing hour is important if not effectively utilized it will be great injustice to the victims of the floods.

The Govt should try to hand over the most effected areas directly in control of Army with all necessary relief materials and rehabilations support. The war is with the nature this is a bigger war for servival of millions our jawans will be proud to help india and its people.