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Natural Disasters Essay

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There are no "natural disasters"- only inadequately planned human settlements. (J&K floods related column)Teacher is discussing the topic of eruption of Mt.Vesuvius and how a volcanic eruption completely destroyed the Pompeii in early Christian era and the class is looking thrilled. The topic proceeds and often the mention is made of Mt. Tambora's volcanic eruption in Indonesia in the year 1815 that left a mark in the history of many nations. Our loving Sun; the ultimate source of energy, didn't greet us with Good Mornings as the whole of atmosphere was wrapped up by volcanic remains. With snow falling in summer, it gave the world "year without summer". Due to climatological variations caused by it and crop failure at large scale, we in modern world came to a realization what havoc our mother earth can wreck. Mother earth has at many instances vent out her anger, for good or bad, that can be debated, but the outcomes were shocking for her sons and daughters. No nation how mighty it may be has been spared from the temper of the mother. And she re-affirms us not to meddle with her household, for she created it for our very own benefit.India engaging in at global level with RIO+20 and emphasizing upon the need towards the Sustainable Development, should be bookmarked with strengthening efforts back at home to address the issues of human vulnerability towards the natural disasters. And how easily these disasters can give fillip to our whole notion of development. When India recognized the need for sustainable development it became quintessential for her to incorporate compulsorily in all the development plans, a framework for disaster mitigation. Development on its face is a fascinating word, but the dimensions of development in the century gone and the current century are widely varied. Though it incorporates enhancing the human potential but a better part of it is deriving its energy from exploitation of environment in some way or the other. And it's the latter that at times declare the development as an illegitimate endeavor. Textbook definitions classifies the disaster into types: Natural and Man-Made, and we are intelligent enough to differentiate between the two. But the need has arisen to update our textbooks and include the third, 'Disasters caused due to abounding human interference with the environment around'. It's the third type cloaked in the first type that has made many of us to raise our eyebrows and compelled our legislators to pass a law to deal with it. It's interesting to realize that we our backing on the law to effectively mitigate the new versions of disasters of this type when all that is needed is some respect for the mother earth. Rather she is engaged in arguments by ten battalions of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), Disaster Management Authorities at National, State and District Level. We have created whole tiered structure to mitigate both foreseen and unforeseen disasters, and it has come very handy to deal...

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