MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE
The devastating natural disaster which has hit the Phillipines has left me angered and, despite being aware that there is not much we can do, I feel compelled to blame someone for destroying the lives of thousands of families. The people are in an extremely dire situation and they need our help. Efforts are slowly underway now but too many people are turning a blind eye to the trauma that has unfolded in SouthEast Asia. The worst part of it is, the area was already poverty-stricken and not prepared for such a natural calamity. 500,000 people are now said to be homeless. In what defence could these people have tried to survive if there were no measures put in place or efforts at sustainable development? With such advance technology that we have today, why were the people of the Philippines not pre-warned like they were in Orissa with Cyclone Phailin? In that case, people were moved from coasts and other places that were badly hit, well in advance. Why was this not so in the Phillipines? My heart goes out to all the families who are suffering and whose lives have been destroyed overnight.
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