A race against time

After a couple of earthquakes of severe magnitude resulted in many deaths and destruction, those recovering are yet to regain their senses. The survivors now are facing the monsoon and the downpour of rains with gusts of wind travelling at a high velocity. Veritably speaking, a certain measure of preparation and progress has been made so far. But the problem posed by logistics, funding and manpower crunch is far from over, as the supply of aid is not enough to build shelters able to withstand the inclemency of weather.

Even though this is a worst case scenario timely assistance will reduce the full impact of this calamity. Much has to be done to ease the miseries of the survivors and to treat the trauma. However, this is not to overlook the help and support of able bodied youths, paramedical personnel and the team of experts. Nothing is too good for those lives devastated and touched in an unforeseen manner. The specter of aftershocks is one of doom and gloom considered inevitable. In the aftermath the humanitarian effort has been upgraded and will make a cumulative effect and make routine life possible. It will also uplift the downtrodden and those on the fringes. Only a generous contribution and provision of basic necessities can undo the damage done by the temblor. The bare minimum remains to give relief now in full swing. Those affected need to rebuild lives on an ad hoc basis and to move away from the loss of loved ones. But this should not be a drawback but act as a spur to get back to business, because sidelining the issues and the obvious can only worsen the turmoil and stress. Needless to say, a comprehensive plan of action is only to be accepted and welcomed in its entirety.

Only then will there be a return of normalcy showing the way forward and gaining momentum in the process of learning a lesson. And even as men, money and materials reach the districts it can prove to be of benefit in spite of aid dependency and donor fatigue. Now the focus must be proactive and a medium for reaching out even though this may be difficult at the outset, and avert a deepening crisis in the offing because counselling comes in the picture. Of necessity, this should be mandatory for those in the fray and frenzy. Sporadic acts alone would not have been possible to coordinate the relief package and record the commitments and pledges. This is where the media has been involved in bringing out an extensive coverage to mitigate fears and stop rumors so that the general public draw their own conclusions.