Cyclone Michuang UPSC NOTE

 Aftermath of Cyclone Michuang in Chennai

  • The choice to stop electricity supply to areas where cyclonic winds can damage power cables and cause live wires to drop into flooded streets appears logical and sensible. 

  • But there is another side to this, especially when the practice is carried out as a ‘preventive measure’, extended across a wide area, and continued well after the natural event has passed or an accident has been reported

  • Homes and neighbourhoods plunged in darkness can be dangerous by themselves.

  • That an elderly relative can trip, fall, and break a hip is a worry as it can be as life-threatening as suffering a heart attack.

  • In 2021, Tamil Nadu had 13.8 crore people over the age of 60 years

  • Of Chennai metropolitan area’s estimated 12 million-plus million population, 5,00,000 people are above this age, and over 50,000 are aged 80 or above

  • There are also the security and safety concerns of having no electricity in domestic households.

  • Accidents and injuries are more likely to happen in the dark. 

  • Simple tasks become fraught, and even dangerous. 

  • Reptiles and insects could crawl into the house.

  • The choice to turn off the electricity supply during a cyclone, and to keep it that way even after the rain stops, has to be looked at in the backdrop of the facts given above

  • Decision-making in any crisis can be emotionally challenging and psychologically stressful

  • When the scale of these decisions is large, and the nature of a disaster is cataclysmic, the process also becomes an extreme test of intellectual and analytical judgement, as well as that of personal strength and confidence.

  • The potential cost of mistakes looms large in a decision-maker’s mind, which tends more often towards conservative options being preferred.

  • The dangers from inadequately considering the ‘flip side’ can lead to equally serious (even if less dramatic) complications due to inaction. 

  • Shutting off the electric supply in the event of a storm can be life-saving. 

  • But, restoring supply promptly afterwards is also vital to save lives and safeguard against terrible individual consequences.



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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: Cyclone Michuang UPSC NOTE
Cyclone Michuang UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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