Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Neither a Drop to Drink?

It’s been over a week now since I last heard tweets from my neighbor’s African lovebirds, they used to wake me up every five in the morning but it seems that they already succumbed to untimely death due to El Nino.

Aside from plants and humans, animals too have been badly affected by El Nino as there are reports of death affecting piggery and poultry farms and fish kill in many parts of the country. The situation is really getting worse since several frightful effects of this phenomenon have been evident every day and it looks like we are in for a game of survival of the fittest where the lame and the weak would be the first to go.

Another record was set at about three PM today to be the hottest temperature for the year at 35.5 degrees centigrade and I hope it will not get any hotter than that or we will sure to suffer the consequences of drought considering that summer season is just starting and is expected to last until the months of April and May. Cloud seeding operation to produce rain artificially has not been successful. Most dams are fast approaching critical level and rivers have started to dry up which are the sources of household and irrigation waters thus adding more burden to the agriculture, power and business sector.

Some weeks ago I was only wishing to escape the city for some refreshing time at the beach but I think I need more than that, the whole country needs hope and earnest prayer for rainwater that will be enough to fill up the water reservoir. It will be a big question whether we will have enough safe water to drink in the coming days, I just hope we will not reach a time when we have to struggle for a drop of water. The situation is not only a test of our tolerance but also a test of our faith.

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