Deal­ing with Dis­as­ter

India Today - - MAIL -

In a na­tion where dis­as­ter man­age­ment leaves much to be de­sired and hu­man lives have lit­tle value, Naveen Pat­naik’s gov­ern­ment in Odisha, the Cen­tre, the In­dian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment and the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity de­serve all the ac­co­lades that have come their way glob­ally in the wake of their deft han­dling of the deadly cy­clone Phailin (“The Storm Stop­pers”, Oc­to­ber 28). The ef­fi­ciency with which the Pat­naik gov­ern­ment han­dled the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter con­trasts sharply with not only the Ut­tarak­hand tragedy but also with that in the US when the Ge­orge Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion mis­han­dled Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina in 2005. The Odisha gov­ern­ment must now try hard to sus­tain the same tempo in its re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme for the dis­placed and flood-af­fected as it did in its dis­as­ter man­age­ment.

NALINI VI­JA­YARAGHA­VAN, Thiruvananthapuram

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