Tragedy after the disaster
The nation must continue its handholding well beyond the disaster
Three weeks after floods ravaged Uttarakhand, stories of this latest disaster are slowly but surely nudging out of the front pages and mindshare of masses. This is nothing new. The same happened after Kosi floods in 2008, the tsunami in 2004, Gujarat earthquake in 2001 and Latur earthquake in 1993—all of which killed thousands and displaced millions. Once the major relief work is over, tourists are rescued and bodies disposed of, reporters leave and most NGO relief workers follow suit. The local villagers are left to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives. And this is usually when the second disaster hits the survivors of the first.
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