I changed from fake news in case mods would label it political. So while we're on the subject shame on you for spreading false sensational news. If there was a humanitarian disaster in Hato Mayor it would not be coming to your WhatsApp as a doctored video, you hack.You changed your reply from "Fake news" to "Really". Anything you don't know? Anything at all??
Will storms become political to now.I changed from fake news in case mods would label it political. So while we're on the subject shame on you for spreading false sensational news. If there was a humanitarian disaster in Hato Mayor it would not be coming to your WhatsApp as a doctored video, you hack.
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User @tht , I was harsh and quick to jump on your post. What I should have said was I do not see whatsapp as a credible source for propagating news of humanitarian crises on a site where people need real data. As I mentioned, I was aware of flooding in HM and have contacts there but am not in agreement with the video. I could be wrong. Stay safe.You changed your reply from "Fake news" to "Really". Anything you don't know? Anything at all??
I lived for number of years on a farm with rivers on two sides. About once every two or three years we would get a gentle flood that would dump fertile silt on our fields making for great potato crops, however one year we had to build a dike at night around the house with our bulldozer and tractor. If we didn't have the bulldozer we all would have floated down to the sea. The feeling of panic and fear from that still exists in me and I very carefully select any house or property to make sure it isn't floodable.People watching these events from afar only see the extreme effects so every time there is a newsworthy storm I get a lot of anxious relatives and friends asking me if I am ok. I try to explain that in a disaster-prone country those of us living in solid houses and apartments built in safe areas only suffer mild inconveniences, like loss of power, a bit of water coming into the house, and minor damage. If you can afford hurricane shutters (at a cost of several thousand dollars) it makes a huge difference. Anything worse is down to bad luck, like getting hit by flying debris, or irresponsible actions like going outside needlessly or driving in the storm.
The people who are worst affected live on riverbanks, flood plains, exposed hillsides, ravines, or too near the sea, in ramshackle houses. Proper preparedness and prevention - like stopping people from living in these areas in the first place, enforcing building regulations, or at the very least evacuating families in good time before the storm - reduces this damage even more. Certain countries are better at this than others, even in the developing world.
Except in the most extreme of disasters, poverty and bad governance will determine how likely you are to be affected. Isaias for me was a few hours of stress and minor inconvenience, but tell that to the people in places like Macao and El Seybo whose houses were flooded out.