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Mutual aid...
...to be the only priority to live
13/12/2007

On 8th November, New Delhi hosted a meeting of Asian nations on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction, Early Warning & Preparedness, which had participation of 36 Asian countries. Just few days later, a whammy cyclone destroyed large part of Bangladesh, rendering millions without shelter and taking 3,000 lives. Sadly, very few of those who attended the meeting came forward to help that country, in dire strait. It was only India among the biggies who not only gave aid but also forewarned Bangladesh about the early warning system. Asia unfortunately always had to bear more than its fair share of natural calamities, be it the 2004 Tsunami which took away about 300,000 lives or the Orissa cyclone which claimed 7,000 lives. Sadly there is a visible lack of cohesion among Asian countries, when disaster strikes any one. The Western First World, on the contrary, has been more at the forefront in doling out aid. This time too the US pledged with $2.1 million, Britain with $5 million while France and Germany with $730,000 each, in order to see the misery of Bangladesh mitigated to some extent. It was rather unfortunate to see its immediate neighbours, barring India, remaining mute spectators to the camaraderie. Lack of effective technology to deal with such mayhem can always be substituted to a great extent with the right kind of attitude to help each other. Unfortunately for Asia, not only it, as a whole, is lagging in terms of technology to contain the effect of such calamities, in terms of cohesion too, it is far behind the First World countries. That has, unfortunately made all the difference.

By:- B&E
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