It’s about time. It’s past time. Bay of Bengal cyclones have previously killed tens or even hundreds of thousands from storm surges and flooding. While those of us watching Sidr develop have been sounding alarm, the U.S. media has all but ignored an impending tragedy.
Today the storm made landfall and they’ve finally noticed. While Chris and I don’t understand why it took so long to make top headlines, we’re thankful that collective American attention is now focused intently on this catastrophic storm hitting the most vulnerable place on earth.
Now that here in the U.S. we’re being informed of the situation, let’s prepare to provide our full support in the coming days, months, and foreseeable future to help those in need of clean water, shelter, food, medical attention, and on. Let’s also hope–which is still possible–that the on the ground evacuation measures, and the particulars of the storm track, etc, help to avert the worst case scenarios.
Events like these remind us we’re a global population and what happens in one part of the world resonates out. Those man-made boundary lines declaring who belongs where seem rather arbitrary as we’re forced to recognize that we are, quite literally, in this together.
Thank you U.S. media, for picking up the story.