Congratulations to the author for getting information on such emergency issue of the state. Yes, the effect of Nilam is serious. Several people have visited, made comments, and the whole world knows about the ground situation.
But no resposibility has been fixed for the prediction, assessment, resettlement, rehabilitation, and other supports to help people recover from the trauma and loss.
In spite of all the technological developments, the prediction of rains, both time & magnitude, is quite off the mark. If this cannot be set right, then people have to suffer throughout their lives, which further limits their development and affects quality of life.
Knowing the situation, the priority should be to get sustainable solutions which include:
-Accuracy in prediction in advance
-Training the people for preparedness for risk reduction
-Warning the people, volunteers, & NGOs in advance
-Effective resettlement mechanism & shelters
-Immediate relief action: medical, water, food, sanitation, assistive devices and others matching to the needs of the affected people.
In addition to all these, the major issue is the POOR DRAINAGE SYSTEM which affects the flow of the water when it more than the requirement. The main reasons are two:
-Barriers or obstructions created
-The encroachment of land which narrow downs the drainage or some time totally missing the drainage canal system.
In spite of all the technologies, machinery, manpower, & money spent, PEOPLE are the sufferers. The measures taken are short-term and are not for rehabilitation. So, knowing the complexity & dynamics of the issue, the people should move forward to create better solutions at least in minimising the RISK.
In the end, if the community/people can create better drainage system, then the risk can be reduced for both people and their properties.
As the cyclones with varied intensities & damage to the people & their properties have become common with frequency, we all should move towards the creation of sustainable solutions for risk reduction, resettlement and rehabilitation.
I think you haven't seen the TV & Newspaper reports on the weather forecast. Cyclone moved towards Karnataka but along the northeast coast a depression was formed and this resulted in heavy rains. The Met department issued forecasts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall. The prediction came true but the government machinery was busy with PCC president's daughter's wedding--officials, MLAs/MLCs/ministers thronged to the village (see the report on this by Times of India)--and after this they went to Delhi to attend 4th conclave. As a cover up, government started blaming the Met department, saying they don't have the technology to predict northeast monsoon. It is a foolish statement. Cyclonic activities are not only confined to monsoon season but also to pre-monsoon and post-monsoon -- northeast monsoon --. Monsoon season receives more depressions and less cyclones but northeast monsoon receives more cyclones/severe cyclones and less depressions. It is a known fact that these systems carry with them copious rainfall. Also, there is a committee for disaster management in government. Please don't blame the Met dept for the failure of government.
Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
Nice to see more info on the priorities of the of the people. This is a common phenomena wherein common people get lowest priority in every thing. At this stage what the common people, including farmers, want is to get sustainable solutions to bear the dynamics of the climatic change impacts. Yes, the statement of Met department needs to be taken seriously to update the technologies, if necessary, for precise predictions. Otherwise, people get wrong signals about the efficacy of technology.
As a solution what people want is to get holistic solution with multi-sectoral & multi-disciplinary approach through single window system (SWS).
This suggests to move towards community-based rehabilitation (CBR) model which helps for sustainable solutions with effective utilization of time and resources, covering mitigation, preparedness, risk reduction,resettlement, rehabilitation, which finally improves the health & wealth of PEOPLE and the ENVIRONMENT.
We all want the health & prosperity of FARMERS who are the backbone of our country's development.
Kharif season started with drought and ended with floods