tingdzin wrote:Part of it is the "man bites dog" syndrome -- I read somewhere that Houston has quite literally never experienced floods this large, while monsoon floods, causing great destruction, happen almost every year in India and Nepal, particularly since the population has gotten so dense.
They are exceptionally bad this year, however.
Praise to the Telegraph in the UK which has juxtaposed the situation in the US and India well:
The points being made about compassion are sad and, in my experience, not true. People are unaware of the world's tragedies unless the media informs them, and then they tend to be generous and sharing. Maybe the US is different and some people get angry if their media dare to show that they are somehow not the biggest and best, even in disasters, and the need for wider compassion is pointed out to them. I notice that belatedly Trump is reducing his tax burden by chucking some of his money at disaster relief, but I doubt very much that compassion was behind it. He is not known for his awareness of climate change or the need for flood prevention, and I wonder how many of his followers still share his view.
In countries where the crops have been destroyed, huge numbers may die. We do need that media coverage to stimulate aid, and if a few people feel nagged, that's tough.
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