HURRICANE SANDY DEATH TOLL KEEPS RISING JUST LIKE THE FLOOD WATERS
November 1 2012
New York, NY – There are many things going on right now in New York and New Jersey, so many things in fact that it’s hard to keep track of where things are at any given moment. That has led to a lot of frustration amongst residents who are trying to put, in a lot of cases, their destroyed lives back together.
The government is, of course, doing everything it can to help but with so much damage over such a wide area it is proving to be an incredibly complicated and drawn out task, one that will simply take days, weeks, and in some cases months to make good.
Lost in the mix, sadly, are the stories of the people who didn’t survive the event. While material loss is important, and restoring functionality essential for preserving health and life, there are many people who were lost in the hurricane, a number that’s only increasing as time goes, now up to 80 and continuing to rise and rise and rise just like the flood waters and storm surges and every other analogy you can think of.
The ultimate death toll will not be known for some time to come, perhaps weeks, but it has become clear that the storm took to lives of many people despite aggressive and awesome preparation by local officials, in part because they aren’t miracle workers and no one can expect them to be.
It’s not clear how many people have just gone unreported as dead or why families are holding out hope for their loved ones instead of reporting their absence to authorities.
It’s not believed that the death toll will get anywhere near that seen in New Orleans, in part because of they prepared ahead of time and because President Obama does care about black people.
“This is tragic all around. Sometimes you see major events like this and you realize that the death tolls are related to their poverty and thus their inability to prepare effectively but when you see it here, in the richest city in the richest country in the world you realize just how ineffective our preparations can be,” said Scrape TV Weather analyst Graham Gilliam. “It’s a terrible thing to have happen but it does happen, especially when you don’t leave your home when a hurricane is coming. I mean these people were warned and they stayed and now they are dead and that’s what happens when you think you are better than a hurricane.”
It’s not clear if the deceased had anywhere else to go or if they even tried.
“Obviously you can’t blame the people for thinking they were better than a little rain and wind. Sometimes it’s hard to really understand something until after it happens but I can tell you that when the next storm hits people will be a little more cautious. Some will, not the people in Jersey obviously but more people will be smarter so they don’t end up dead like these folks,” continued Gilliam. “It’s very sad but at the same time, I mean it’s not like it was a joke. We knew for days it was coming and sometimes you just have to take people on their word. Obviously weather people are wrong a lot of time but they are actually right more often and clearly they were right this time, deadly accurate in fact and no one listened.”
It’s not clear if everyone actually listened to the message which they really should have done.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent