In the hilly region of Himachal state torrential rain, cloud bursts and flash flood happen annually. Lives and property are always at risk but the recent Himalayan Tsunami is unprecedented. The monsoon this year came early and fast and furious 400% more than the average rainfall. This year too thousands of pilgrims had flocked in the famous Kedarnath
temple and other sacred temples. Thousands of devotees were rescued but thousands are still trapped and missing. Though though the management and coordination of the state machinery left much to be desired acts of bravery by the men in the armed forces silent but determined risking their own lives to rescue the elderly, the young and the infants could bring tears in the eyes.
The rational and tangible causes for such massive can be attributed to the tampering of the environment, the mountains and the valleys. Unplanned development to promote tourism and inadequate infrastructure for handling a deluge of pilgrims also contribute to such occurrences.
The intangible and invincible causes are attributed to the Almighty’s wrath at the human greed and wrongs committed.
Its never too late for us to be sensitive and pay heed to nature, the ecology and preserve the environment in whenever way we can. We also need to salute the large number of volunteer groups who have reached the disaster area to help and supplement the state rescue machinery.
P.S. I wish to share a photo showing “A bridge of human courage” picked up from my blogger friend’s blog http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/
Cheers to these selfless soldiers who do such acts in the “line of duty” to save lives!