Vikram Kamath

September 6, 2005

Katrina V/S Mumbai

Filed under: General — Vikram @ 16:23

Today Ezz came up to me and said that I haven’t been blogging lately and that he needed something to read. So this is a post for Ezz. Happy reading Ezz. I never new Ezz also had a web presence. So, I thought I have to add him in my “People I Know” list. And so did. Any of you readers who want to know about flying (an airplane) or Physics, Ezzat can help you out. Am I right Ezz?????

Ezzat blogged about the recent Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans in his post Some thoughts on current events. He mentions the bad planning of the US government in tackling the disaster. I came across a forwarded email from my brother, Gautham, which compared Katrina and the Mumbai Rains on the 27th of July 2005. Here is what it said:

Inches of rain in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina… 18
Inches of rain in Mumbai (July 27th)…. 37.1

Population of New Orleans… 484,674
Population of Mumbai…. 12,622,500

Deaths in New Orleans within 48 hours of Katrina…100
Deaths in Mumbai within 48hours of rain.. 37

Number of people to be evacuated in New Orleans…ENTIRE CITY
Number of people evacuated in Mumbai…10,000

Cases of shooting and violence in New Orleans…Countless
Cases of shooting and violence in Mumbai.. NONE

Time taken for US army to reach New Orleans…48hours
Time taken for Indian army and navy to reach Mumbai…12hours

Status 48hours later… New Orleans still waiting for relief, army and electricity
Status 48hours later… Mumbai is back on its feet and is business is as usual

USA…World’s most developed (and powerful if they say so) nation

It is indeed a bad case of planning by the government in the USA. What went wrong?


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