Dealing with Disaster
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