***I am not an expert on this topic and I don’t claim factual accuracy. This article has been written based on my understanding of the situation, so feel free to correct me if I am wrong***
During the innumerable debates on Science Vs. Religion, I’ve been fed up with one section blaming the former while the other blames the latter. Blaming SYSTEMS while the actual blame lies on PEOPLE who do nefarious activities hiding behind the cloak of a system, is a favorite past-time for many.
The same thing is happening with Chennai Floods. People are blaming the ‘heavy’ rains and nature’s ‘fury’ while the actual blame lies on . . .
Think about this: There were two depressions over the last month where the city received as much rainfall, if not more. But the damages, though considerable, were not as huge as the damages due to the third depression and the rains that followed.
What happened during the third time?
Why did the affected areas go many feet under water within a short time, when there was only knee-deep water in most places?
The dams/water reservoirs around the city were all opened suddenly (as they were about to exceed their safe holding capacity), and that water flowed right through the city, that too during the night, causing maximum damage.
Human beings build dams/reservoirs without planning what will happen during floods, they don’t bother how to discharge excess water safely, they ‘develop’ areas that were supposed to discharge water to the sea by selling plots and buildings,
And then blame nature and rains.
How fair is that?