South-West Monsoon Rain Causes Devastation
The dawn of the month of May awakens fear in the minds of the people as it signals the onset of the South-West Monsoon. As the rains have fallen over the past two weeks, the devastation that has been caused has affected over 174,310 people (45,680 families) in 20 districts whilst the death toll has risen to 24 while 339 safe centers have been occupied. The key difference that has been apparent this year in comparison to the previous years where hundreds of lives were lost during the floods has been the early awareness programs, the vigilance of the general public and their willingness to adhere to the advice of the authorities. This year there have been many stakeholders that have joined forces to create an early awareness and preparedness in order to ensure that there would be minimum lives lost and affected by what has now come to be known as an annual disaster.