When a calamity strikes
Students need to ponder over society’s readiness to handle floods and other tragedies
Disaster management: People become resourceful to save their lives
(To improve their communication skills and knowledge base, members of E-Plus clubs in colleges have been given the following topic for discussion and debate)
Theme: We claim to be the most advanced and powerful species on earth. But nature often decides to remind us that in reality, we are helpless before its wrath. Natural disasters strike all the time and there’s little we can do to stop them or warn people about them. Time to ponder on these awesome forces this week.
Lurking threat: What are the most common natural calamities that India faces? Make a list and find out the reasons behind the recurrence of such disasters. Write a brief article on your findings.
Adding to aid: Floods and other tragedies have to be tackled by proper relief measures. Are you happy with the way relief operations are carried out in India? Give us a few suggestions regarding how they can be made more effective.
Know their stories: Many other countries face nature’s fury periodically (the U.S., for example, is often ravaged by hurricanes). Do some research and tell us about some countries which have to bear the brunt of natural disasters from time to time. What steps have these countries taken to minimise the damage?
Debate: NGOs and charity/social work organisations do a much better job of providing relief than the government.
Braving the odds: Have you ever experienced any natural calamity such as floods and storms? Talk to us about your experiences. If you haven’t faced such ordeals, talk to your parents, friends and relatives to find out if they have seen, heard or experienced the wrath of nature in any form. Tell us all that you heard and learnt.
Debate: Natural disasters are nothing compared to man-made disasters.
Note: The activities “Know their stories” scheduled for day 3 and “Braving the odds” scheduled for day 5 need preparation. Get started right away!
(Modules prepared by SkillSpark
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