Human Kindness After Disaster

September 2, 2017

Hurricanes, typhoons, monsoons, and cyclones wreaked havoc in different parts of the world the last few weeks, flooding parts of Texas, Louisiana, Macau, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Niger. Some areas are still being affected as rains continue to pour down. Although scientists know that hurricanes are more frequent at certain times and in certain places, hurricanes themselves are not 100% predictable even with today’s advanced weather tracking technology.

via U.S. Department of Defense

Hurricane Harvey dumped enough rain on southeastern Texas and Louisiana to fill the Empire State Building 33,000 times. India’s monsoon had been the worst in years, causing buildings to collapse. Typhoon Hato hit Macau and Hong Kong so quickly that Macau residents were caught off guard and didn’t have time to prepare for the storm. In Niger, heavy rains displaced more than 100,000 people.

So what happens when there are more people who need rescuing than there are rescuers?

Human kindness kicks into high gear.

Around the world, people asked, “How can I help?” Locally, neighbors and others helped rescue those in need when first responders couldn’t get there soon enough. In Texas, businesses opened their doors to those who needed shelter because existing shelters were full or flooded. In India, residents helped rescue neighbors from a collapsing building. International aid organizations brought much needed supplies such as clean water to affected areas. And people around the world have and continue to donate to these rescue efforts.