The news has been extremely depressing lately. Katrina, like the Tsunami and the Mumbai rains have left the poor and the helpless even more so. The hardest hit sections of New Orleans and Mississippi are the poorest.
It is a sad fact that it takes tragedies like these for people to ask the tough questions.
"Years of flood control engineering, inspired by the need for a major city and port in the oil and gas-rich Mississippi delta, have altered the natural landscape of the region beyond recognition.
Without regular river floods to feed the swampy delta with precious silt and nutrients, vast swathes of Louisiana's coastal wetlands have disappeared in the past 75 years. Sprawling coastal wetlands can bear the brunt of a hurricane better than the concrete passageways of a modern city. The US Geological Survey calls the wetlands a "natural buffer" in a high-risk area. Plans to stop further erosion have run aground in Congress." ...BBC
"What will be left when the waters recede or are pumped away will be a city that has been inundated not only with water but with a witches' brew of petroleum byproducts, industrial and household chemicals and human waste."...NY Times
"People in southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast have learned a hard lesson: There's a price to be paid for taming the Mississippi River.
Decades of flood-control efforts to protect New Orleans and other places, combined with the region's huge oil and gas investments, have contributed heavily to the destruction of coastal wetlands that can help tame the fury of storms like Hurricane Katrina, say scientists and government officials"...USA Today
I just wonder... If all the facts were known, would Mississippians have allowed casinos to be built on coastal wetlands? Would Mumbaities have allowed plastic bags to clog the drainage ? Would Indonesians have allowed mangroves to be destroyed ?
Quote of the day
"If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin"...Charles Darwin