It is that month of the year again – December. The last month of the year which is normally expected to end with Christmas celebrations has a history of major disasters around the world over the years. Some of the recent ones include the hijack of flight at Kandahar in 2000, the infamous Tsunami in 2004 and finally the Chennai floods in 2015. Other than these, the month of December is known for the death of famous, powerful people all around the world including Dr.B.R.Ambedkar, Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel, P.V.Narasimha Rao, M.S.Subbulakshmi, C.Rajagopalachari etc; among the Indians. The most recent memory of people associated with December is the Chennai floods which happened last December(2015).
Cometh December, there comes rain again. This time the cyclone is named as NADA. The floods last year still remain fresh in the minds of the Chennaites. It is interesting to see how the lessons learnt from last year are implemented by the government to protect lives and properties. There were huge cries for construction level re-arrangements in the aftermath of the floods last year. It remains to be seen how effectively the planning has been from the government this time. It is learnt from a variety of sources that there are huge number of personnels involved as a precautionary measure and also that schools and colleges have been advised to be closed in the wake of the cyclone. But the main question here is, what has been done on the geography of Chennai to avoid excess water shedding.
There is another interesting part to this, the most entertaining part. This is the time of demonetization and it becomes interesting to see how public manage both the cyclone and the money shortage simultaneously. This is the point where the rich and the poor are almost brought to the same level to face the situation. Last year the case was different. The rich had at least money at their disposal to offer to get their wishful services, but not the case this time. A natural calamity at the time of a man-made crisis situation is always interesting, at least from the point of view of an outsider.
In the same coin, let us also hope that people remain safe and come out of this situation with a smile. Chennaites are known for their strength,brilliance and supportiveness. Lets hope things go on well!!