A Railway Accident
How can I forget on 27 March 1992? Really it was a very unfortunate day for me. On this day I suffered much. I was saved by the grace of God. On 27 March 1992 1 was going to Allahabad with my father. We were traveling by the Prayag Raj Express. It was running very fast leaving small stations behind. At 4 a.m. we were near Kanpur. Suddenly our bougie shook violently. I heard a loud noise. Some of the passengers were thrown down from their seats and injured. When the accident took place.
I woke up suddenly, Some of the passengers jumped out of their compartments in confusion. My father followed them and broke his left hand. I could not leave the compartment as a box fell on me from the upper berth and injured me. After some time a kind-hearted person took me out. He told me that the accident was due to the carelessness of the station master. The first three bougies of the train were completely smashed. The scene was full of shrieks and cries. Some were dead. Some were injured. The injured persons were crying for water. I was shocked to see a Muslim lady dead and her baby sucking milk. My injuries were serious, though they did not appear to be fatal.
After an hour the relief party came from Etawah. The doctors gave medicines and the compounders dressed the wounded. They were very nice fellows. They did their best to serve the injured. Seriously injured persons were shifted to the district hospital of Kanpur. My father canceled the program. So we returned home. The day was very unfortunate. I still remember the horrible sight. I saw I wish to forget it but cannot. It fills my heart with fear when I remember it.
A Bus Accident
Bus accidents have become very common these days. They are due to rash driving. One day our school decided to take us to a canal for a picnic. We hired four buses and started at 9 am. We were in a happy mood. All the buses ran at full speed. After a few minutes, we saw a truck coming from the opposite side. It was loaded with bricks. The driver was dead drunk. He was driving the truck carelessly.
Our bus driver sounded the horn again and again. He tried to avoid the accident. But it was of no use. Suddenly the truck driver struck the truck against our bus. Our bus was turned upside down. All of us were thrown out of the bus. We began to weep. The driver jumped off. of my friends were badly hurt. They were seriously injured. They were removed to the hospital. A big crowd gathered on the spot. It showed sympathy with us. Some provided water for us.
The truck driver was arrested by the police. After some time, we came to know the death of our friend. We felt very sad. We lost our dear friend. Our principal and our teachers informed his parents of his death. They reached the hospital, in no time. They became senseless to see his dead body. It was a tragic accident. I will never forget it in my life. When I remember it my heart begins to tremble.
I reached home late at night. I told the whole sad story to my parents. They thanked God that I had a narrow escape. Really how dangerous motor accidents are! We must drive our vehicles carefully according to traffic rules.
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An Airplane Crash
Five persons were killed and one received injuries in an Indian Airlines Dakota Crash. It occurred near the Radio colony. The Dakota was on a routine training flight. Among the victims of the disaster were the two of the best A1. Pilots and three members of a family, husband, wife and their 24 years old son.
The injured person was a pregnant mother. She was resting in one of the fifty mud huts which were reduced to ashes when the plane fell. The other three hundred persons inhabiting those huts had a providential escape. They left shortly before the crash took place, to work. The plane took off from the aerodrome at 8.35 am. on a routine instructor training mission. Shortly after taking off the plane lost all contact with the control tower.
Sometime later, the commander of another plane coming from Delhi informed the control tower that the had seen a burning plane. Soon a police party located the burning Dakota. The bodies of all five victims were charred. They could not be recognized. They were taken out with great difficulty by police and the members of the fire brigade. They were cremated in the afternoon. The possible cause of the crash is not known.
A House On Fire
It was the month of June. I was sleeping soundly on the upper story of my house. At about midnight, I was roused from my sleep by the cries of “Fire! Fire! ” I at once, sprang out of my bed and looked about the road. I saw people running in the street. I also saw a red glow in the sky. I slipped on my clothes, came down and soon reached the scene of the fire. On reaching the spot, I found that a big building was on fire.
It was the house of Lala Laxmi Das, a very rich man in our town. A large crowd of people was standing around. Some people were pouring a lot of water over the fire. Some were throwing buckets of water on the flames. Some bold men were rescuing household goods from the flames. It was a terrible sight. Huge crackling flames were leaping high up to the sky. There was a black cover over the building and soon the whole building was ablaze. It was too hot to stand near it.
A pungent smell was coming out. The lady of the house was crying piteously. Her only son was left on the upper story. But no one dared to risk his life. In the meantime, the fire brigade had arrived. The firemen set about their work at the right time. They began to battle with the flames. One of the firemen placed a ladder against the wall and darted up like an arrow. There was breathless suspense. But the brave fireman brought the child outside safe and sound. The mother thanked God and the people praised the fireman for his bravery.
The fireman did their very best to extinguish the fire. By means of hose-pipes, they poured jets of water on the shooting flames. They had to struggle very hard. At last, after about three hours, the fire was brought under control. The loss of property was great. It was near about two lacs rupees. Fortunately, there was no loss of life. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
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Last year, during summer vacation, I wanted to see my elder brother in Delhi. I left Ludhiana at 9 P.M.. by the Frontier Mail (Train). Soon I began to sleep. At Ambala Cantt, several passengers from my compartment got down and I lay down on my seat. It was about 11 p.m. Just when the train was about to start, five ruffians armed with lethal weapons and came into our compartment and took their seats. Everybody suspected mischief. Hardly the train covered a few kilometers beyond Ambala Cantt when these ruffians stood up.
One of them stood near the alarm chain so that none should pull it. Another who seemed to be their leader cried aloud—”Hands up! Anyone found raising an alarm will be shot dead.” The passengers were mortally afraid. All kept quiet and held their breath. The other three ruffians now went about the compartment extorting money from every passenger. None dared refuse. I had sixty rupees and I had to point with them. They also deprived women passengers of their jewelry.
All this business hardly took five minutes. When the ruffians had finished their nefarious work, the one standing near the alarm chain pulled it. As the train slowed down, the ruffians jumped off and escaped under cover of darkness, All efforts to trace them were of no avail. We thanked God for we were spared of our lives.
‘Communities can work together as a team and become efficient disaster managers. ”
Meaning of disaster management: Disaster management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies in particular preparedness, response, and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters.
Types of disasters: There is no country that is immune from disaster, though vulnerability to disaster varies. There are four main types of disaster :
(i) Natural disaster: These disasters include floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcano eruptions that can have immediate impacts on human health, as well as secondary impacts causing further death and suffering from floods causing landslides, earthquakes resulting in fires, tsunamis causing widespread flooding and typhoons sending ferries.
(ii) Environmental emergencies: They include technological or industrial accidents, usually involving hazardous material, and occur where these materials are produced, used or transported. Large forest fires are generally included in this definition because they tend to be caused by humans.
(iii) Complex emergencies: These emergencies involve a breakdown of authority, looting, and attacks on strategic installations. Complex emergencies include conflict situations and war.
(iv) Pandemic emergencies: These emergencies involve a sudden onset of a contagious disease that affects health but also disrupts services and businesses, bringing economic and social costs. Natural hazards Disasters resulting from natural hazards affect people through damage to homes, property, crop, livestock, and infrastructure. Developing countries like India are hard hit by natural disasters. In the month of April-May 2013, Uttarakhand witnessed natural hazards by floods in which thousands of human lives were sacrificed.
Training in disasters management: National Institute of Disasters Management, Delhi is responsible for the training of government officers, police, development agencies, people’s representatives and others. Disaster Management is linked with sustainable development particularly in relation to vulnerable people, school children, and other marginalized groups.
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