Subject: Viridian Note 00107: Viridian Disasters
Key concepts: Viridian disasters, cyclones, India
Attention Conservation Notice: The ever-rising toll of unprecedented weather disasters can be quite numbing.
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(((bruces remarks: The mind boggles at the extent of human suffering from these Bay of Bengal cyclones, which occur with machine-like regularity. However, today's mega-storm reportage has a number of novel aspects, so many that I had to footnote them.)))
Source: Los Angeles Times wire, Associated Press,
"Cyclone strands 1 million in eastern India
by Dexter Filkins, Los Angeles Times
"More than 1 million people remained marooned Tuesday in the villages of India's ravaged Eastern Coast, victims of a massive cyclone that tore through this impoverished region (1) and overwhelmed the government's attempts to provide relief. (2)
"Survivors clung to the tops of coconut trees.(3)Bodies clogged waterways.(4) Herds of cattle lay dead in filthy water.(5) Hungry people stormed food convoys (6), while the army launched a spirited but inadequate campaign to airdrop supplies to villagers (7) crowded on the small islands of solid ground that dot the miles of flooded plains.
"Four days after the cyclone rode in from the Bay ofBengal with 155 mph winds and 10-foot waves, Indian officials said they had failed to reach the overwhelming majority of the 15,000 villages submerged or surrounded by the floods, high tides and rains. At least 30,000 people were feared trapped inside cyclone shelters, buildings perched on stilts (8) that have so far proved beyond the reach of aid officials.
"Estimates of the number of people killed in the stormcontinue to range widely, with most officials predicting that the body count will top 5,000. (...)
"In the Orissa state capital, Bhubaneswar, 'There hasbeen no electricity for three days. We have no water.(9) We are barely surviving,' said local reporter Debashis Bhattacharyya, reached on one of the few functioning satellite telephones. (10)
"Bijay Mahapatra, a local politician who toured thedevastated port of Paradwip, said he saw hundreds of animal carcasses floating in the street. Dump trucks were called in to haul them away, but he said epidemics had already been reported. (...)
"Tens of thousands of people lined the roads Tuesdaywaiting for helicopters and trucks to bring food and water. Some said they had already been forced to drink the water they stood in. (11)"
WHY SHOULD I PAY EXTRA FOR SOLAR POWER
WHEN I CAN JUST SPEND MY LIFE ON STILTS?
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