Sights of the devastating 2011 floods in Australia were flung world-wide on television , as were scenes of September 11, the mud slides in Brazil, or the life shattering earthquake of Haiti and viewed by millions.
It has been said it is not the power of the cause of the disaster, but the state of the people who are involved in it, that makes up the real toll. Each person involved in the life-shattering experiences would have found themselves deep in the valley of grief. Each one would have coped with the situation as individually as their own personality and circumstances.
Haiti, being the poorest country in the western Hemisphere, has an almost non-existent police force along with few emergency trained personnel, plus building codes which were not enforced. More than 200,000 people were killed in the earthquake and 1 million people left homeless, with a population that was already in poor in health. Haiti has not yet recovered.
It became almost impossible to get international aid into the country though lack of space at the only available airport, plus a lack of jet fuel. Large numbers of survivors lost patience with the ensuing chaos. The victims' anger turned to violence as looters disputed over diminishing food supplies.
It's up to individuals, as well as the world-community, to provide not only compassion for the Haitians, but demand that any corrupt and life-destroying system that lets an entire community be placed in danger, stand accountable.
Many other places on earth have been hit by a 7.0 on the Richter scale earthquake, with nothing like the devastation that was caused in Haiti.
Similar anger should be applied in Australia, where authorities should also be held responsible for the security of the general population, following the devastating 2011 floods.
In the recurring building booms of the 2000s, developers, greedy for profit, constructed more and more homes on flood plains. The land was low cost and the continued increasing demand by a growing population, in particular popular coastal zones, saw councils turn a blind eye, as 100s of acres of flood plains were drained and developed.
Unsuspecting new arrivals were not told of the land's history. Flood insurance was not part of the sales pitch of the greedy real estate agents, or bank managers eager to lend money.
This had caused the 2011 floods to have much larger and far-reaching consequences than the 1974 floods. Where there had been only commercial or industrial buildings, in 2011, there were large housing complexes.
Always quick to 'dodge their responsibility' Insurance companies declined to pay out, just as many victims were not paid in 1974.
The anger of the 1000s who lost everything, yet still have a soul-destroying mortgage over their head, should lead to a class action against anybody responsible for such irresponsible development, including developers and councils. Insurance companies should be taken to task for their ambiguity in the wording of their contracts. Anger should thus be able to find a healthy outlet following a disaster.
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