Essay on A Flood Scene
India is a land of rivers. So floods are very common in this country. We hear of floods every year. They are not new things. There are many causes of flood. Sometimes the rainfall is heavy. Rivers cannot carry all the water. The water overflows and spreads to long distances making flood. Sometimes dams are broken causing flood.
The floods are common in India. They are a natural calamity, Floods are the curse of God on earth. They occur on account of heavy rainfall. They occur almost in every country, when the rains are heavy and continue for a long time. These floods cause a' huge loss of life and property.
I live near the Yamuna river in a small village. Forty families live there. Every year during the rainy season our village is surrounded by Yamuna water. We have built our houses on the rocky ground. It is much above the level of the surrounding earth. Last year heavy rains caused flood. We had to vacate our village. We saw big sheet of waterall round. Boats were plying in the Yamuna. I saw with great horror many houses surrounded by angry water. Ultimately we had to vacate our houses and went to our farm where we were safe. The farm was situated at about fifteen kilometres 'away from our village in the interior.
The effect of this flood in neighbouring villages was very great. It caused a great loss of human life and property. Crops were damaged; trees were uprooted, houses were washed away, cattle were drowned. Heavy loss of life and property took place and epidemic broke out. The people were rendered homeless.
The Government officers had made arrangement for a big camp. This was arranged for those who left their hearths and homes. Food was freely supplied to them. To save people from the possible attack Of diseases all the precautions were taken. The people in the camp were given medical aid. I remember that for two days we also had to stay there. The condition of the people was very miserable. They had to stand like beggars in queues for food. The poorest people were given good first and then people like us had food in the last.
The floods in the river Yamuna caused great loss to the people of affected areas. It spoiled the crops completely. Our village specially suffered a great loss. Nearly all the mud houses were washed away by the swift current of water. Hundreds of cattle were drowned. When the water receded, the Government gave financial aid to the farmers. The poor people got money to rebuild their mud houses and to purchase some necessary things such as cloth, sugar and food. "He also got some loan from the Government for buying seeds and chemical fertilizers. Three hundred rupees were given by way of financial aid to us. Now new attempts are being made to check the floods. Government has started to construct embankment along the river banks.
We have no control on the causes of floods. We cannot check extensive rains. Science has failed to conquer the heat of the sun. Man is powerless in this respect. We can only minimize human sufferings and loss of property. To avoid the danger of the flood, big tanks and canals should be made. Big dams should be constructed to prevent the water of the flooded rivers. People should be trained to serve in such calamities. They should be taught swimming and rowing.