How Asians Cope With Misery and Tragedy
By N Mark Castro
Heroes are made during times of crisis, but Asia’s spirit confront tragedy with humor, as proven by these pictures that appeared all over the internet that, no, despite deaths, calamities, and losses, Asians seem to have a common denominator with their coping mechanisms.
Click below for the real cause of Thailand’s flood
The World Bank has estimated 1,425 billion baht (US$ 45.7 Bn) in economic damages and losses due to flooding, as of 1 December 2011.
It was reported that the flood disaster were considered as the costliest flood in Malaysian history, with the total cost of RM 1.5 billion, with four people said to have drowned and some 50,000 were forced to evacuate their homes as floodwaters rose in Malaysia.
And according to AsiaOne Business: The dollars and cents of damages caused by the three floods in June and July have been unveiled: Estimates from the General Insurance Association (GIA) of Singapore show that the latest flooding on July 17 cost insurers here $12.5 million, making up the bulk of the $22.9 million bill chalked up for the three floods.
And who can resist a free swim?
While this waroeng remains open for business
Over 6,000 have been displaced so far and no accounting as yet of the financial cost in today’s flooding in Jakarta.
Because even with the tragedy, Filipinos find a way to have fun, to make light and sense over such a dire situation.
Because if the West has this …
Then the Philippines has this …
Visited several times annually by torrential rains, the Filipinos and, clearly, its neighboring ASEAN brothers and sisters, have found ways to cope over such tragedy.
It isn’t a question of making fun over the tragedy of others, but rather a coping mechanism in human nature to make sense of something beyond one’s control because according to current statistics of the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) of the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), in 2011 floods and storms cost the Philippines US$730 million, affected 11.6 million people and claimed 1,904 lives. The same two natural hazards cost the Asia-Pacific region US$63.7 billion in 2011, caused 5,910 deaths, and affected 167 million people. US$40 billion of those losses were borne by Thailand.
So think well over the plight of others before you speak and, above all, be safe … that’s what it means to be integrated by the year 2015.
Posted on January 17, 2013, in Gallery, General, Politics and tagged asean spirit, banjir, flood in asia, humor in the face of tragedy, indonesian flood, malaysian flood, philippine flood, singaporean flood, thailand flood. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.