Tag Archives: flood

Liesbeeck River in flood

A few photos I took of Liesbeeck River this afternoon. This first was taken while driving on Liesbeeck Parkway between Durban Road and Alma Road and the other two from the bridge on Alma Road.

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Too Much Water

All of the water turning this road into a river fell in an hour while I was out. When I left home there was water backed up at the storm water drains on either side of the road, just around the corner ahead, but it had not yet met in the middle of the road. An hour later I arived home to find this.

Katrina vs. Tsunami

It has just struck me that comparisons are likely to be drawn between disasters caused by the December 2004 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Strangely enough I have not yet seen any cases of anyone else doing so. I have seen somewhere a mention of 10,000 deaths from Katrina, which is far less than the tool from the tsunami, yet I see Katrina as the greater tragedy for humankind. I don’t mean this in a callous way and have nothing but sorrow and sympathy for the victims of both disasters. What strikes me is that many of the media reports and blog entries I have seen about Katrina are telling stories of people turning on one another, while I do not recall even one such report during the aftermath of the tsunami. What conclusions can be drawn from this? What might the causes be? Can this be attributed to differences in culture or religious background? I don’t know, but I will be interested to see if others start thinking along these lines.