Let us be prepared for disastersDuring the recent Kerala flood crisis, there has been a fairly good coordination among the various people affected by the floods and the communication has also been okay. Hundreds of thousands were rescued and brought to places of safety.
Yet, the question arises as to whether the other States are as prepared as Kerala. In fact,the number of volunteers who have helped the armed forces is put at over 25,000. This is a massive number,
Do other States have adequate warning mechanisms? AP is also often affected, particularly the Nellore region. One of the common mistakes of every Government is to happily allow fertile lands to be converted into residential colonies. Chennai is a perfect example. Perhaps there is no choice and so Chennai has expanded. How about identifying lands that cannot be cultivated and then allow residential development? Drinking water can be supplied through pipes wherever necessary, from water sources nearby.
We should also be prepared to have proper check dams to regulate water to the fertile areas. Today, the Cauvery in Tamil Nadu, is in spate. There is water everywhere but most of it is going to the sea. Only now, the Tamil Nadu Government is talking of check dams.
Let all States think about more judicious use of water. When disasters strike, we also need to learn from such disasters.