When we hear of disasters happening especially natural disasters, it is easy for us to think of the end of time. Only today, I saw a news on a flood disaster somewhere in eastern Japan. I watched the video on CNN’s site and the whole scene struck me, so much so that I began to wonder if such happens in our country (God forbid!), what will happen… what will be our reaction – not just as individuals, but as a people? What will be the response of our government?It is quite scary but the truth is with we are at risk here too. Those who stay on the Island end of Lagos (better still, on the coastal areas in Nigeria/Africa/World) should have a better idea of what I am talking about. How much land has been lost to the sea – Bar beach in Lagos which has become a shadow of itself and probably does not exist again, quickly comes to mind.
|Heavy flood disaster in Japan (Photo : CNN)|
I heard only 1 person so far died in the Japan flood incident with 22 or so injured. Only God knows how many would have died if we were the ones struck with similar disaster (like I said before; God forbid). This makes me wonder if the National Emergence Management Authority (NEMA) of Nigeria is up to the task of really managing emergencies, or is just another source of employment and income for people or …? We all know how poor their rescue effort has been in the past, when we have had our own share of floods in some part of our country and other forms of disasters.
We experience our own share of flooding as a result of heavy down pour and we know how bad the experience could be. I will not forget how I nearly missed an exam back then in school because of flood in my school area... I would have entered the flood facing my route but I changed my mind when I noticed the flood's current not just caring debris but moving two cars that packed on the road. I had to respect myself and give my life a future...lol (it wasn't funny o).
One of these days, I may blog about climate change and global warming because of their connection with nearly all, it not all forms of natural disasters. May God continue to keep disasters away from us.