The gift of Compassion
Almost at the end of the rainy season I came to knew from relatives from my native place that floods in our neighboring state was severe and even the states nearby were also affected. My relatives were worried that the continuous drizzling of rain had destroyed their crops which were ready to be harvested.
People were cursing the inconvenience due to continuous rains which was hampering people to move around or to do any routine work. While neighbor states were having a minor effect, very few people could have bothered about the people suffering badly in the severely affected coastal side state where there was a severe rain.
Some of the effects of that flood were reported as below:
School and colleges remained closed; exams post phoned indefinitely disrupting the education. Office goers had a very bad experience for reaching the office.
Power supply stopped as a precautionary method.
All trains leading through the city cancelled causing inconvenience to thousands of those people who wanted to reach their destination for some interviews or exams or some personal emergencies.
A transit company hired boats instead of cars to pick up people around the city. Storm water drains were over flowing,
All type of traffic/ communication systems were completely disturbed. Price of food increased tremendously. Drinking water scarcity was the main problem. Deaths were reported from areas where people were living at low altitude drowned in their own house.
Boats were deployed with army. Relief and rehabilitation work started from Govt and NGOs.
Relatives of these affected people were worrying about their whereabouts and were alarmed about the safety of their beloved. Small groups were created to aid distressed people.
I remember one such situation when there had been a terrible rain a decade back when I was also struck in the flood water. Me and my sister had been returning to home from a trip and had no idea about the quantum of rain. The bus we were travelling dropped us in a bus stop. As soon as we put our foot to ground, we were standing in the water that rose up to our knees. I lifted up my 10 year old son but could not lift his weight through the rains thrashing over us. In the darkness of night, without any electricity, we had to cross the road, to catch a cab to reach our home become a terrible task. Somehow I crossed slowly over the water filled road. The place was not familiar to me. The dips or pits in the road were unknown. Road side sewerages were not at all visible as road was completely filled with flood water. After few minutes I could not see my sister any where nearby with another child. Whole world came to a stop for me at that moment with all horrible imaginations. But I could not stand in the water which was pulling my leg from below. After lots of efforts I was able to climbed on to the footpath and was very relieved to found my sister and child behind a shelter. By that time street light were flicked on. To our great horror we found a very big uncovered man hole by the side of the road which could have swallowed any one in such a huge flow of flood water.
I could imagine such a situation really whenever people struck in disaster even today.
Generally, people living faraway could not really imagine the misery of people who are deep in the trouble in any disaster situation.
Even for small disasters people at safe places get disturbed, such as over flow of over head tanks, leaking taps, interrupted supply of cooking gas, so on. While these are nothing when compared to no food, no water situation or Loosing assets or crops or even the loved ones. The natural disaster can strike anywhere any time. But people concerned for them are too less compared to the massive population present. Most are generally unaware of real situation and would not consider helping the affected ones seriously.
There would have been more helping hands if one can imagine the situation of such disasters and would have tried to help a bit in any possible way from the comfort of our home. As human beings compassion is the only gift that we can offer freely to any one in need.