NCHRO Calls For Solidarity & Support For OCKHI Cyclone Victims.
Gandhi Park, Trivandrum – Kerala
Organised by NCHRO, people gathered to express their profound sorrow over the death of fellow citizens, who lost their lives in the cyclone Ockhi, that swept by Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep, which formed on November 29, 2017 and dissipated on December 6, 2017. The shattering Ockhi cyclone have wrought devastating physical damage, people are missing, hundreds of thousands have been displaced.
Prof. A. Marx, Chairperson, NCHRO, delivered a thought-provoking speech on the impact of the catastrophe and the lessons to be learned from it. According to him, The loss of lives and the damage to property suffered due to Cyclone Ockhi could have been mitigated had the disaster management system that was in place had functioned as it was meant to, There is no way to prevent natural disasters, but there are steps can take to lessen damage and losses caused by them.
Institutional accountability, Transparency and Respect for human lives are the key lessons to be learned from this disaster.
People helped each other as best they could. They rescued each other,They fed each other. They displayed that beautiful human capacity for solidarity that moments of crisis so often intensify. But at the official level, it was the complete opposite.
Anybody who has seen at first hand the effects of a natural disaster knows what a devastating impact it can have on people’s lives. The gathering expressed deep concern over the near total failure of the disaster management system before, during., and after Cyclone Ockhi.
Others who spoke on the occasion were NCHRO Secretary Reny Ayline, Latin archdiocese Vicar General Fr. Eugene H. Pereira, Ko Sugumaran NCHRO Exco Member, Dr.Johnson Germaind Oceanographer, Sindhu Maria Napoleon Research Student Hyderabad University, Pachallur Abdul Saleem Moulavi, T.Peter National Fishermen Forum, TK Abdussamad NCHRO Kerala Chapter Secretary.
NCHRO Kerala Chapter President Vilayodi Shivankutty presided over the function.
We will never know exactly when the next disaster will strike. Let us respond to this catastrophe with the best of our humanity and a true sense of solidarity. Let all parties act in a spirit of solidarity to make our world safer and more prosperous for all.