Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Yet Another Avoidable Tragedy

Yet another terrible tragedy, an avoidable accident...
Yet another callous act that has claimed the innocent...

I saw the same news in yet another channel & felt a jolt.
Several past incidents appeared like a thunder-bolt.

Illegal sand-mining apart from faulty measures are the cause.
When there are laws in place, why no adherence to laws?

BLOW THE HOOTER before releasing the Dam's water.
Warn everyone beforehand & prevent such a sad matter.

Why yet another tragedy when an excursion turns deathly?
When will we ensure that our students enjoy their trips safely?

Sorry to find such things happening time & again...
Can we please help avoid yet another family's loss & pain?


Deeply pained that 24 Engineering students from Andhra Pradesh have lost their lives in an avoidable tragedy in Himachal Pradesh owing to the release of the Dam waters that washed them away...
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  1. This is a great source of sorrow not only to the mourning parents but to the entire nation.

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    1. Yes indeed, Kalpanaji. We are all extremely sad...

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  2. Such touching lines straight from the heart. May God give strength to their parents to bear this irreparable loss..

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    1. The words are an outcome of my pain. We feel the loss. Can only pray for the parents...

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  3. How awful!! Beautiful poetry in light of such tragic circumstances. May God be with all those poor people who lost loved ones.

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    1. Kathy, this was an avoidable incident, just like the shooting-incidents that happen time and again in the USA...
      God's divine aid is needed now...

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  4. It is indeed a terrible tragedy. My eyes well up everytime I see the news. Imagine the trauma the parents are undergoing :(

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    1. Yes Nisha. Not switched on the News today... Deeply upset about the parents who have lost their loved kids...

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  5. This was a tragedy that could be easily averted. My heart goes out to the survivors who saw this happen right in front of their eyes. I get goosebumps each time I think of the sudden gush of water. I might never visit a dam now.

    :'(

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    1. True Soumya. The words in your comment reflect my state of mind too. Even I thought about the survivors- the friends who witnessed the unfortunate incident of their friends getting washed away... They live but with unhappy memories... How terrible. Dams will evoke such feelings, even for people like us, who have felt the impact.
      We may boast of our architectural skills & modern technology, but we can never get back human lives.

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  6. Oh god.. and what worse and rubbing salt on wound is that no one is answerable.. someone is responsible for the tragedy ..
    sad sad ..

    Bikram

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    1. Very true, Bikram. Wonder if those responsible are feeling guilty about the 24 innocent lives...
      Even if they are, we can't get back what we have lost...

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  7. I have done that so many times, taking pictures from various places :( it feels terrible. Also it feels terrible as a teacher as I have done so many college trips with my students.

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    1. Can only pray & hope all the trips of everyone are safe, Mridula.
      May we all be blessed...

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  8. A terrible tragedy. Yet another instance of mafia flouting rules.

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    1. Yes Sir. Mafia & irresponsible people in charge...

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  9. This is heart-breaking. Since I am a native of this place, I know how mismanaged it could have been. Deeply sorry for the families and friends who lost their loved ones.

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    1. Yes Saru. Very sad.
      This is the result of callousness & irresponsibility. Had the authorities performed their duty, this wouldn't be the sorry outcome. Also, there is illegal Sand-mafia involvement...

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  10. I can't imagine the plight of survivors who saw their friends drowning, the heart break of the parents. It could have been easily averted. How do the people concerned with such mismanagement live with their conscience?
    Beautifully expressed poetry, Anita.

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    1. Very right, Kiran. Lives of the friends & parents will never be the same again.
      As for the irresponsible people, I guess some are too thick-skinned to feel guilty...

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  11. This is sad...beautifully told Anita! You are a perfection when it comes to rhyming poems!

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    1. Thank you so much, Bushra for your kind words.
      I was so upset that I resorted to my Blog for solace... many of us share the same sad & helpless state...

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  12. OH ! 24 innocent , young lives ! so tragic ... :-( a nice tribute to them Anita..

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  13. You have echoed the feelings of one and all in lines of anguish.We must learn by mistakes and evolve prodeures to prevent recurrence.

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    1. I typed my anguish. We all echo the same feelings.
      Hope we do learn from mistakes & avoid such tragedies, Sir.

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  14. When there is no accountability, there is always a possibility of recurrence. A shameful reality we all have to live with.

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    1. Yes Sureshji. Accountability & Responsibility are needed.

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  15. A tragedy beyond words....And the casual way it is going to join the other countless happened...and the countless more yet to come because its we who ought to be careful, alert and LUCKY the mafia, the govt. is too pained to move a finger and too shocked to react! On a happier note am joining your miracles .. :)

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    1. I agree with you, Kokila. Enough of tragedies...
      Thanks a lot for joining & for the honor :)

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  16. I'm really not a fan of poetry but that truely touched my heart…

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Minakshi. Welcome to my space.
      It's such a sad incident... this poem is from my heart.

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  17. Certainly an avoidable tragedy. In our country those in power refuse to create system and refuse to accept responsibility.

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    1. True Abhijitji. Accountabilityb & responsibility is essential now.

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  18. A tragedy that breaks my heart every time I think about it..It also makes me wonder at the end of the day, no matter whom we blame we can never mitigate the suffering of the people who lost their loved ones in the tragedy..

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    1. Absolutely Anusree. We may have the blame-game but can never get back the innocent lives.
      Hope there are no such tragedies ever.

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  19. This incident was a real tragedy, yesterday only I saw the video of the same and am still feeling too sad about them. It is also a fact that they were not aware of this situation else they could have tried to escape from there. But to be very frank, if govt employees works sensibly, such incidents can be avoidable.

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    1. Yes Alok. Right. One friend was showing the pics they had happily posed for just a few minutes before the tragedy...
      There was no ALARM about the disaster.
      Shocking. Wish everyone works sensibly & performs duties sincerely.

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  20. TRAGIC.....TERRIBLE...SAD....God bless their souls....and may God give courage to their families...in this hard times...

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    1. We all share the same sentiments, Isaac. Hope & pray for the best.

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  21. Year after year this happens . Who do you blame? What must the parents be going through?Its so sad.

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    1. True Nima. That's why 'Not Again' comes to our minds time and again...

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  22. Nicely weaved Anita. It certainly pains to know that there are so many things happening around which can so easily be avoided, that too with some simple steps indeed. I don't know who exactly to blame for this, is human life becoming that inexpensive?

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    1. Indeed Vinay. Hope such tragedies never occur again.
      Lives are precious. We don't know these young people or their families, yet share their grief.

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  23. I didn't read about the tragedy except the headlines. I couldn't. I can't believe it happened. So sad.

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    1. Sad things are happening, Preethi.
      These days the news is so awful. One just doesn't feel like reading/watching...

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  24. Soul touching lines....pray god to bless their souls ,,
    Pray god to give strength to bear the unbearable loss :(

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    1. Yes Veena. that's the least we can do... Feeling terribly helpless.

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  25. My god, I am so news deprived I din't even know something this drastic was happening some where in India ! this is really very tragic, it was avoidable ! I hope we never get to hear such accidents again #prayers :/

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    1. Amen Najm. Wish we got only good news to hear/read/see...
      May the Lord have mercy.

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  26. People have to pay with their life for somebody else negligence.

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    1. Very true, Rajesh.
      Some people pay for their lives, while lives change for their parents. Negligence spoils so many lives...

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  27. Locals may be familiar with siren, but tourists won't know what it is and what they should do. A safe approach would have been to release water in small lots- say 10% at a time and next lot after 15 mins... not release everything at once

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    1. That's a good strategy, Srinidhi. Not sure if they follow this...
      You are right that the tourists wouldn't know the siren.
      But, in this case, the locals claim that they heard no siren.
      Do hope everything is followed properly so that there are no such lapses...

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  28. seriously i don't know what to say just feeling awful .. on writing part i liked the rhyming and interlinking :)

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    1. Ankur, we all feel terrible when such things happen.
      When I started writing the words just fell in place...Thanks.

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  29. Its gonna be worse for the parents, who when watch news channels will relive the same horror again.
    What is worse than seeing a video and guessing, was that my son or daughter who got stuck?

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    1. Truly Lancelot. Nothing worse than losing loved ones, especially parents losing kids, & then living with the horror for a lifetime.

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  30. In the month of january, I was on those rocks near Beas river clicking pictures with my husband.. A very sad incident.. Will these government officials ever learn?? wait and watch something similar will happen within the next 10 years (or even less)...and then some more officials will lose their job.. that's all.. extremely disappointing

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    1. These day when we travel anywhere, there's this risk of man-made disasters, Shruthi.
      'History repeats itself'. Every year hundreds of students are killed when they are out for trips/excursions or idol-immersions...Sad.
      Be blessed.

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  31. You have written it so well Anita.

    Yes that was an extremely tragic accident. I don't pray but wish well being of their parents and hope they gain enough strength to go through it. It's sad. Really sad,

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    1. Thanks Anmol.
      Yes, may God give us all strength to move on. I am still feeling terrible though I don't personally know any of the youngsters. Can't imagine the parents' plight...

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  32. Extremely sad incident. And kudos to you, Anita, well written! :)

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    1. Very sad for those who are left behind, Aayesha. Being a survivor/family-member of a victim is such a challenge....
      Thanks for your appreciation.

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  33. Yes I remember this. Tragic!! :(
    Finally they got all the bodies I read.

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    1. Yes very unfortunate, Indrani. Even now when we see Dams, we remember this...

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