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Irene aftermath on the Upper West Side….

The Upper West Side the night after Irene hit the city: a puddle not in proportion with pre-hurricane media coverage

So, the city remained unscathed despite being made to expect the worse. I am glad the intensity of the hurricane waned and that many New Yorkers chose to over-prepare themselves. I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry.  But I wish as much pre-disaster hype could be generated for places that may really need warnings and resources. It was on a much, much larger scale, but the Pakistan floods last year attracted a distinct lack of coverage in the western media. Experts cited this as one of the reasons for a lack of donations towards the relief effort. The United Nations went on to criticize the international community for responding slowly, despite the ferocity and magnitude of the disaster that claimed almost 2000 lives.  Such disproportion between need and effort. Perhaps it’s not surprising, but it’s depressing.


About Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Herpreet Kaur Grewal is a newspaper-trained journalist, editor and commentator. She formerly wrote and edited a section for the social policy and politics magazine Regeneration & Renewal. She has worked for The Times of London and her articles have featured in The Guardian, The Observer and The Daily Express. She specialises in social deprivation issues, gender, human rights , arts and culture.


One thought on “Irene aftermath on the Upper West Side….

  1. I could not agree more! These sort of storms happen all the time in the poorest and farthest corners of the world. Yet on the East Coast of the US, no one died and no one disappeared. I believe those affected by Hurricane Irene fared better than most of the developing world does in such situations.

    Posted by Sheena | August 30, 2011, 21:27

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