Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Only A Bit Of Monsoon Each Day

It has almost stopped raining here in Chennai. People are grateful for the rain even though it brings lots of problems. This morning I saw a fifteen foot deep trench that was ten feet wide. The construction there must now stop because the trench is half full of water. This scene is played out over and over throughout the city. Sometimes it involves sewer lines and then there is threat to health. All over India the monsoon has brought draught relief on one hand and death on the other. Two states in particular suffered extreme flooding and high death toll. Yet scientist say that India will be out of water in twenty years. It would seem impossible and yet. . .
The river of ancient fame suffers mighty changes. In many places there is not enough water to perform the traditional rites at death.
At times of the year the head waters of the famous Ganges River have sunk to small pools here and there. Could this be happening to rivers all over the world. Is it past time for action?
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Elizabeth said...

Wow, 20 years. That is a scary thought.

Jaime said...

That is totally scary and hard to even imagine when you are practically swimming in it as you walk down the street. We were just reading in National Geographic and some scientist claim red-hair will be extinct by the year 2100. What is happening?
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving, US time.