It is indeed a moment of sadness when even a single human life is lost or taken for any reason by any power. It is sadder still when the lives lost are those of children and youngsters who have so much to offer to the world.
While announcing ex-gratia payments to the victims’ families are the usual methods of trying to sooth the hurt and pain, it is hardly ever enough to fully compensate for the death of a person. In fact, the true question is, is there ever anything that anyone can say, do or give to bring comfort to the families of the victims?
Nature, while often calm and offering tremendous scenic beauty to the people can turn violent and ferocious in a matter of seconds. There is not much that man can do left to his own devices that can fend off nature’s fury. It is however, possible for man to survive the wrath of nature because of his cunning mind and innovative thinking. It is this aspect of human nature that has allowed it to survive for as long as it has even in the absence of outstanding physical capabilities. In all fairness it can be truly said that humans are not necessarily the fastest, most agile, the biggest or the strongest beings on the planet. Nonetheless, humans rule the planet and are the most adaptable of all creatures occupying the land, seas and the air. While humans may not be able to tackle all that nature throws its way, we have been able to invent many weather-proof tools that at least help in delaying and diverting some of nature’s anger. This of course ultimately allows us to plan and chalk out strategies to save ourselves.
Disaster preparedness must now be a top priority for the government and the general administration. It cannot be acceptable that simply donating money to victims’ families will suffice. It must be ensured that each and every corner of the state is connected and ready to face calamities that we are all so vulnerable to. Funds need to be allotted towards researching and building centres and structures that can help people survive such calamities. Actions must be taken proactively, not retrospectively.