India Flooding

Friday, June 21, 2013

"Every day I've got to be thankful that I am alive, and you never know - the cliche is, I guess, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow, so you'd better be at peace with whatever you got going at the moment." - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Picture this--you wake up in the morning, going about your daily routine, when suddenly you hear a rumble...rain pours onto your roof, pounding against your windows and you can hear the roar in your ears, as if your house was standing underneath a waterfall. As you go to see what's happening, you see water rushing toward your house...the lake had broke through its banks. In a matter of minutes your house is engulfed in water and you take your last breath...
Thousands are stranded because of damaged roads.
This was the fate of over 1,000 people in Northern India when a lake burst through its banks on Monday June 17, 2013. About 73,000 people were stranded in various regions of Northern India, including Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, because of damaged or blocked roads. Some people have had to go three days without food or water, THREE DAYS! I can't even go a couple hours without food!

The after-math of the 2013 flood in India.
So far, over 33,100 people have been rescued but another 50,400 are still stranded in inhumane conditions. There's no electricity, no way of communicating, no food, no water... According to BBC News India, "more than 5,500 soldiers and hundreds of paramilitary and disaster management officials are working to rescue and provide emergency supplies to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded in towns and temples, officials say, with 20 helicopters being deployed.

I know I've done a lot of posts similar to these; posts where I talk about being thankful for being alive and for everything that I have, but today I'm especially grateful to be living in a place with such great conditions--air conditioning, food, water, a comfy bed, technology, etc.

I have family in India and one of our close friends just went to India recently. They were supposed to go to a Sikh temple located in Northern India, but luckily they heard about the flood before and didn't go. But what about the thousands upon thousands of tourists that were already there? I couldn't imagine how I would feel if I knew my family was stranded on a mountain (the temple is located on a mountain) for days without food or water and I had no way to contact them. It broke my heart when I saw all these people talking about their missing family members and it made me realize how incredibly lucky I am.

I thank God everyday for everything that I have before I go to bed because it reminds me that I have all these great things going for me and that I should always be grateful. You don't have to thank God necessarily but you should be thankful that you have what you do, even if it's not the best, it's something. My prayers go out to all those affected by the floods and anyone who has to suffer like that everyday. /; 

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