Friday, July 17, 2009

TORRENTIAL RAIN LASHING KOCHI

Kochi is reeling under horrible rains. Giant clouds are having a stranglehold on the city and the torrential down pour is flooding this place. Road and streets are getting flooded due to inadequate drainage, pot holes on the roads are increasing, driving has become difficult. Low lying areas are inundated, there is frequent failure of electricity, people living in some coastal areas are being evacuated, trees are being uprooted and blocking the roads, there is landslide in hilly areas and houses have been damaged. Some people have already lost their lives.

On the other hand many parts of India are facing drought situation. Rain has played truant and agricultural out put will be badly affected. Prices of essential commodities will go up due to shortage. I will not be surprised some farmers will commit suicide because they are not able to pay up the loan taken form money sharks.


Sometimes I wish these rains will go to places where they are needed.

I am sitting comfortably in my house, having cups and cups of hot tea, reading your magnificent posts and writing comments whereas more than 3 lakh people have been displaced in Assam due to flooding of the river Bramaputra.


38 comments:

Mitr - Friend said...

Whoa.. It looks like the sky in falling down...!!!!!

Ayesha Parveen said...

Very true..rain in some parts and a prayer for rain in some other parts of the same country. Such is life.

A nice post by you, Joseph. Thanks, and best wishes :)

Ayesha

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Hello Joseph, sorry the weather is so horrible for you, especially when other parts need the rain so badly.
Take care and keep up with the hot cups of tea.
Yvonne.

msatheeshkumar said...

Oh the situation seems to be horrible.Here we don't have so much of rain.Yeah,I agree with u,its better to have more or less uniform rain in many areas than having such torrential rain in very limited number of places...But why doesn't that never happen? Ohhhhh I heard that its dangerous to walk in inundated roads especially in cities,because the Municipal corporation people wud keep those drainage holes(don't know what they call it)open and we people may not know the presence of such holes at a particular point until we land on it...And I have heard many cases of deaths in such cases,even some of the deadbodies have gone missing.....Pls Take care of urself.....
Regards.

Leo said...

The same thing is happening here on our coast. Wilmington (the coastal city) has had flooding rains, but my yard just 13 miles inland, gets a nice gentle shower about once a week. Alas, sometimes Mother Nature reverses that scenario. Chin up, now.

Femin Susan said...

Beautiful photograph.. Don't drink more cup of tea.

Trudy said...

Hello Joseph! I am so sorry to learn of all of the damaging rain and other weather. You do give us some breathtaking photos here though. I am very happy to know that you are ok and have not been affected as some other areas have. Stay safe in your home with your tea!

God bless you dear Joseph!

Trudy

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Hi Joseph

Sorry to hear about what is happening in Kochi. Really devastating. The great diversity of our great country also includes such cruel diversity in climate. We must count ourself extremely fortunate to be able to live in protected environments unaffected by the ravages of nature.
Look forward to sharing a few cups of coffee with you one day in the near future !

Mel said...

Hi Joseph!

I'm sorry that Kochi is facing such a difficult circumstance right now, especially in light of the fact that so many other places in India need the rain so much more. It's so frustrating how that happens sometimes. I'm glad your warm and safe and dry and that you have a computer available to you in the midst of the downpours so we can all stay in touch. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

With much affection and warmest hopes for brighter days ahead,
Mel :)

Amrita said...

Good to hear you are having a good monsonn, our land is parched, (east UP) The clouds come and shed a few tear drops that 's all.

Our fod prices are sky rocketting.

We are prayng for the rains to set in quickly.

Tickled pink said...

Very True Sir. I knew only about Mumbai.Now Kochi is also facing the same pathetic situation.Really sad.
I could visualise the scene out there thruogh your well expressed post and ofcourse through the telling pictures.
We played games with nature...now nature is showing its wrath.
I can feel each and every word of the whole post and esp. of the last line...

JM said...

Hi Joseph!
Sorry to hear about the bad weather! (It's monsoon time, right?) But your photos are stunning.
Please take care.
Greetings

A New Beginning said...

Hey Joseph!
The suffering of the farmers is beyong repair, Delhi is not getting rainful and the temperature is phenomenally high!
I wish it rains where needed most, may each and every area get an equal amount of heavenly down pour:)Thanks for the beautiful pics, atleast I can see the rain if I cant feel it!

Creativity!! said...

Hello Sir, Wonderful Good Morning, S, Its very sad That many people specially, people staying in low lying areas suffer a lot & will also be under loss of their own property........Same here in Mumbai Too..

Recently, just 4days back, rain lashed here continuously for 48hrs & local trains were stranded for more than 8-9hrs..Transportation was badly affected & people suffered a lot..I left my coll around 2pm & reached home by 10pm....It was a very hectic day for all.........An Excellent Post Sir!!!!!

Rain said...

Hi Joseph, I hope all is well with you! I do hope you stay safe from any flooding. The weather does what it wants doesn't it?

Valerie said...

It's a topsy turvy world now. Of couse here in the UK we cannot possibly know the suffering that India experiences. We have flood areas which prevents people living in their homes but generally speaking we're luckier than most. My prayers are with everyone in your country.... I only wish I knew the answers.

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Is not nature mirroring the imbalances imposed upon it! Nature seeks its balance to ultimately survive. It seems that there is always immanent light behind the storm, a knowing, beyond the darkness that overwhelms and brings perceived loss.

In enduring faith and blessings to all,

Rose Marie

Brian Miller said...

small blessings that you bring this back to at the end. simple things we overlook worrying about the weather. while others drown in sorrow. maybe it will move over an give some grace to the farmers...we can hope.

FrankandMary said...

Glad you are home and safe. I'd been reading about the drought in India but did not know about the torrential rains in other areas of India as well. What a horrid absence of purpose when one area is being destroyed by the thing that could help another area so much.
~Mary

Rhapsody B. said...

Namaste Joseph:

I trust you are well. hmmmmmmm.... and 'down came the rain in torrents' this is the chorus to a song I use to sing in sunday school when i was a child. It was about Noah and the Ark. I am thinking it sounds like you can you an Ark about now with all the water. Scary situation, water can be very incideous, it's legs never tire. Ying & Yang (Rain/Drought), it is the way of things, one does not exist without the other, light/dark, happy/sad, angel/devil, those unafffected/those affected, two sides of the same coin.

All that being said I hope that no one lose their lives, it can be a very scary experience having lived in the Islands all my life I understand hurricanes/floods etc.

Great entry, take care my friend and do come by...

oh! did you have an opportunity to see the photos I took of the Scarborough Bluffs? It is 14km of the Lake Ontario Shore. Have a look and tell me what you think. It is at the bottom of the blog, just scroll down.

Have a blessed week eh....smooches

Margaret Cloud said...

I am sorry to hear that some people have lost their lives, due to these storms. I know we have street wash outs when it down pours, but I am glad you and your family are safe. Hope your weekend is going great and thank you for coming by.

Mark in Spokane said...

You and your country and in my prayers, my friend. What a terrible weather situation. Last winter when we had such horrible weather in Spokane, Washington, USA, we felt just overwhelmed by the sheer power of nature and the difficulty of getting around in deep, deep snow. Our situation wasn't as difficult as the situation you all are in in your region.

God's peace, my friend. And may the storms pass you all by...

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Too, too much rain and the damage makes lives miserable. But that is life and those who do not have to face the elements are lucky.

hpy said...

The rain makes beautiful pictures but horrid things to ordinary lives.

SkyJuice said...

Hi Joseph,

Sorry to read about the bad news. Hope the weather will be kind to you soon. Stay warm.

A.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful location and beautiful post !! Really loved the clouds and the sky..Great..Unseen Rajasthan

Salute said...

The farmers can always use a little of that stuff. Sometimes it seems like we get too much. That's just way it is. Be safe and have a great week.

Rajesh said...

I agree with you the rains are causing havoc in some parts of the country. We are partly responsible for it by properly not maintaining the drainage. We clog them by throwing anything and everything. I also wish they would have distributed properly.

Mel said...

Hi Joseph,

Just dropping by to tell you hello and to tell you that I'm looking forward to your next post. I pray you're healthy and happy and enjoying life to the fullest! :)

Many blessings to you and your loved ones,

Mel :-)

Blue Moon said...

Hello! Sir,

Here in Patna we’ve not witnessed rainfall in the proper amount & are Waiting when the rain god shower his blessings on us.

Its sad to here that many people have lost lives, Nature is Kind as well as cruel. Population & Pollution are the reason for all this TOPSY-TURVY in Nature & environment. I hope soon things will be fine.

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manivannan said...

Very sad! It's high time people think how to live in harmony with Mother Nature :-) Here, in Chennai, we are desperately in need of a heavy monsoon. Can you tell the clouds, sir?

The pictures are beautiful! Have a wonderful time :-)

Cheers!

Rhapsody B. said...

Namaste Joseph, I came by to visit and see what you are up to via your blog entry. Alas there is nothing, surely you are not laying in bed looking at the ceiling contemplating. I trust you are well and your health is good. When you get the chance come see me and tell me how you are. Take care my friend and as always thank you for your visits, I look forward to it.

stay blessed.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Great report from the beautiful Kochi. It's really a nice place.

Slow and Beautiful — Snail

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Lovely pictures!

Rema said...

Once again great photos. Yes – even I was thinking hope it had rained where it was needed though of course Kerala ‘s electricity /power cut depends on rains. Some states are longing for rain. But again its natures play. I wish all are safe and sound.

Rema said...

Once again great photos. Yes – even I was thinking hope it had rained where it was needed though of course Kerala ‘s electricity /power cut depends on rains. Some states are longing for rain. But again its natures play. I wish all are safe and sound.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rema:)

I agree with you. We need rain very badly for our electricity generation and also for our crops.

In fact we used to get much more rain than this. Some how we are getting less and less rain over the years.

Have a nice day Rema:)
Joseph

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Very nice pictures...

you seem to love cloudy atmosphere a lot i guess...

keep clicking

the reason i was not able to visit your blog is, it errors out me saying u need a flash player and all and closes the window...