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 Editor's note: This article is originally published in Andhra Nation Blog

We praise the west for everything. We take it granted that they are far better than us. And when it comes to USA, Americans are our heroes. But take a closer look, our politicians and administrators are actually heads and shoulders better than their counterparts in the USA. Here is a table of what happened during Hurricane Katrina (USA, 2005) and Hudhud (India 2014).

The inference is simple. Chandrababu’s Naidu’s government response is far more prompt and professional than his counterparts. We should congratulate him and ourselves. After all when we are strident in our criticism when our politicians mess up things, should we not praise them wholeheartedly, when they offer us exemplary administration?

 

 

Hurricane Katrina -2005 (USA)

 

Very Severe Cyclone HudHud -2014 (India)

Category 5 intensity

  • Category 4 intensity

Max wind speed of 280kmph

  • Max wind speed of 215 kmph

1833 persons dead

  • Only 24 dead

 

 

Damage and destruction

 

  • Almost three million people went without electricity. It took more than a week to light the first bulb.
  • Most of the major roads traveling into and out of the New Orleans were damaged and it took more than a week to get them back for transport
  • Most of the windows on the north side of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans had been blown out, and many other high rise buildings had extensive window damage.
  • In Mississippi 90% of the structures within half a mile of the coastline were completely destroyed. One apartment complex with approximately thirty residents collapsed

 

 Damage and destruction

 

  • 3 million people without electricity. Many parts of Vizag get power on the 3 rd day.
  • Most of the major roads traveling into and out of the Vizag were damaged and it took just 2 days to get them back for transport
  • Most of the windows of the beach road hotels and malls in Vizag had been blown out, and many other buildings had extensive window damage.
  • But no structure was completely destroyed and no apartment complex collapsed.

 

 

Law and Order

  • There were reports of large scale looting, carjacking, murders, thefts and rapes in New Orleans
  • Police had a tough time controlling miscreants. “They have M16s and are locked and loaded. These troops know how to shoot and kill and I expect they will,” Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said.

 

 Law and Order

  • Vizag was an oasis of peace. Its citizens proved to the world that they are far more cultured compared to the citizens of New Orleans.
  • Police too helped in getting the essential supplies restored. Law and order was never an issue.

 

Government response

 

Wikipedia states, “There was mismanagement and lack of leadership in the relief efforts in response to the storm and its aftermath. More specifically, the criticism focused on the delayed response to the flooding of New Orleans, and the subsequent state of chaos in the Crescent City. The neologism Katrinagate was coined to refer to this controversy, and was a runner-up for “2005 word of the year”

 

 Government response

 

  • Chandrababu Naidu’s government delivered a perfect, prompt and highly professional response to the calamity. No newspaper, no news channel and not even opposition leaders had anything to criticize. If anything, this model is likely to become the future rule book for disaster management.

 

Comments   

 
+2 #1 disaster management M.V.Ramanarao 2014-10-18 18:16
My son who is in U.S.A.gives the reasons for American failure when compared to us in disaster management.
1.Republican regime of MrBush was loath for Governmental action(due to the very nature of its political philosophy..)
2.Governmental structure is weak and understaffed in U.S.A.
3.political leaders are rather indifferent to public misery
4.NewOrleans is a city mainly of black and colored people neglected by whites.
In Andhra government is accustomed to a'drill ' as to what to .do in natural disasters.Espec ially this time Mr.Chandrababu naidu stationed himself at Vizag and directed relief operations efficiently.so also the chief secretary,distr ict collectors and other officials.Other neighboring states also helped liberally.
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