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1 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Indonesia’s Tsunami should warn us as well

Indonesia’s Tsunami should warn us as well

The news of the earthquake triggered Tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has shocked the world. Reportedly, 400 persons are dead with countless injured. At this moment of national emergency in Indonesia, our thoughts and prayers are with the affected. As harrowing scenes emerge of the complete destruction of the island, the medical teams are overwhelmed by people desperate for help. Rescuers are in operation, trying to salvage people who may be trapped inside crumbled buildings while search is underway to find tourists who were heading for a beach gathering just before the Tsunami struck. Indonesia is not new to such large-scale quakes which cause the sea water to rise and become a deadly force of devastation. In 2010, a quake-sparked Tsunami killed more than 400 persons in Sumatra.

Countless tourist islands of Indonesia are right on top of an earthquake zone; therefore, it’s only natural that a disaster will take place. While quakes cannot be detected for certainty, precautions about possible Tsunami can definitely minimize casualties. Since these islands are on a vulnerable spot, it would be wise to set up Tsunami refuge centres in all of them. Also, state-of-art rescue apparatus plus a trained workforce need to be deployed here. The truth is, we can be prepared for a natural calamity but cannot eradicate it. In minimising the possibilities of such disasters, the world has to seriously look at environmental degradation which is being carried out with impunity. The recent disaster in Sulawesi should also work as a warning call for Bangladesh which had experienced several tremors in the past few years. The number of minor quakes, with epicentres in Assam or deep in Myanmar, has sent shock waves, though a big-sized ripple cannot be ruled out.

So far, there has not been any tremor felt in the Bay of Bengal but it’s always better to be prepared. The beach side hotels in Cox’s Bazaar do not have any shelter areas or training on how to deal with a Tsunami like situation. Since Cox’s Bazaar aspires to become a major sea side tourist spot in South Asia, such facilities are essential. There’s no denying that the root cause of capricious nature is the mindless cutting of trees, hills and filling up of water lands. Such callous treatment of nature has to stop with strict enforcement of pro-environment legislation.

We hope that the Indonesian government will be able to restore normalcy in Sulawesi and take essential steps to mitigate the impact of further such wrath of nature.   

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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