Before and After Disaster

by Afrinah Ahmed on 16th December, 2011 at 1:49 AM CEST

Standing water act as breeding sites for mosquitoes, water-borne diseases, drowning, injuries & trauma, headache, fever, severe joint pain, swollen glands are common.

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You must be wondering what this direct start is all about?! Well, ever wondered what life will be when there are NO disasters? Good quality of life? Clean air & water? Like Heaven it is! But NO, it can never be like that. Earthquake, Tornado, Floods, Wildfire, Hurricane, Winter Freeze, Lightning, Volcano are disastrous disasters, out of which, earthquake & flood are most common. An earthquake impacts a huge area, spanning whole city, at times, several cities too, causing the instantaneous damage to life and property. It may even cause Tsunami or can change land topography. There is no way to prevent or even predict it.

You may be amazed to know that:

  1. There are about 500,000 earthquakes a year around the world.
  2. San Francisco is moving towards Los Angeles at the rate of 2 inches/year and a city in Chile moved 10 feet in 8.8 magnitude earthquake.

All that people can do is to take precautions. There can be things done, like:

  1. Have an ESCAPE plan and fire extinguishers nearby
  2. If you live near the coast, know the fastest route inland, because tsunami may not be far behind.
  3. After earthquake, people should move outside of buildings in open spaces, and prepare themselves for aftershocks.

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Coming towards flood, flood is an overflow of water,causing outbreak of diseases. Most of the food items and Vehicles get damaged. Utility services are turned off. People, livestock, goods get drowned. It is not possible to prevent a flood, even if we know that it’s about to hit.

You may be amazed to know these facts too that:

  1. 95% of those killed in flood try to outrun the water along their path rather than climbing on higher places.
  2. 66 % of flood deaths occur in vehicles, when drivers try to navigate through flood water.
  3. Just 6 inches of rapidly moving flood water can knock a person down.
  4. A mere 2 feet of water can float a large vehicle even a bus.

However, there are certain actions that can be taken to reduce the impact.

  1. Keep the drainage system clean.
  2. Inspection and repair of dams and plant trees.
  3. After flood, stay away from power and electrical wires.
  4. Look for underground dangerous creatures.And do not walk through flowing water.
  5. Be alert for gas leaks.

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A terrible economic setback for the nation it may be, but I believe it could intensify the determination of people to rebuild their country. "Every tragedy in life shapes the future", depending on how you respond to it. I believe tragedy is meant to reaffirm the fact that life is worth living, regardless of the suffering that is a part of human existence.

I wish NONE of us go through such thing. Wish you all a happy Life! Cheers :D

~ Afrinah, C:F Health Savior, Action Team #7

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Really love your idea and its true that learning to prepare on time for any disaster and adapting well to it is what makes a difference.

16th December, 2011 @ 8:05 AM CEST

Muhammad Jehangir Khan

Muhammad Jehangir Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

great... :) with so young member and writing like a pro... rock girl :)

With this age and knowledge... you have done best :)

20th December, 2011 @ 10:56 AM CEST



I wish you the same too. I pray for relieve for those going through such a traumatic experience.

20th December, 2011 @ 4:49 PM CEST

Reshma Surve

Reshma Surve | Action team

Hey Afrinah,

well done! cheers for happy life & cheers for your ideas!

the best sentence in your article which promots the action-
"Every tragedy in life shapes the future"!

keep rocking dear!

20th December, 2011 @ 5:53 PM CEST

afrinah ahmed

afrinah ahmed | Action team

THankyoU :D

29th December, 2011 @ 8:27 AM CEST

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