At Least 1,000 Dead as Monsoon Rains Cause Flash Floods and Landslides in India

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Early monsoon rains turned into flash floods and landslides in India, sending homes tumbling to the Ganges River and killing over 1,000 people so far. Officials are also reporting “thousands missing or stranded,” says The New York Times, adding that “the toll was expected to rise.”

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will.ganness
will.ganness

Whats the big deal!! This stuff happens around the world everyday, its not like one OR two Americans have died!

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

It's PATHETIC that with so much foreign investment, India still cannot get its act together with 'the basics.'  Those basics include protection/relief from natural disasters, abject poverty, etc..

bibi108
bibi108

@mrbomb13 how do you protect people from natural disasters? I'ld love to know!

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

@bibi108 @mrbomb13 

Simply put, your government forms contingency plans for potential catastrophes, emergencies, etc..  The steps prescribed by those plans are then put into systematic effect, and then thoroughly distributed amongst the citizenry.  That's why the number of deaths from catastrophic weather events in Western countries is so low. 

If India followed a similar preparedness model, it too could decrease the fatalities incurred from each event.