So the situation is such; there were torrential rains, you know the kind of rain which causes schools to be closed and kids to remain cozily at home. The only problem was that schools were not closed and kids did not remain at home. People went to work as usual and kids tried to go to school. Some were lucky enough to reach school, others came back home and one of them got killed, I don't know in what circumstances, but my guess is by drowning.It's not a real pleasure to blame institutions and organizations but hell this time I totally blame the ministry of education and the meteorological service of Mauritius. Oh yeah it's easy to blame, I know. But this time I'll also tell you why:
Today was the fifth day of non-stop torrential rain. Let's forget the official water level and such things, it could be SEEN that the situation in the streets and bus stations was not appropriate for kids to go out. But then very important persons do not have the time too look out and SEE whether children could go to school or not. The day started normally until children had to be sent back home and some work places evacuated. Roads were flooded and buses stopped working in some regions of the island.
The Minister of Education says he's been in constant contact with heads of primary and secondary school. I don't know what kind of contact that was, but as far as I can see it brought nothing good.
Still the good thing they're stressing on is that most kids returned home safe and sound and tomorrow would be a no-school day but then that adolescent girl who died will not be brought to life, no matter how much the Minister regrets this.
I sincerely regret the loss of lives that this bad weather brought and I hope something could be done to have a better disaster management next time.
A related read: Bilan la pluie on MBB.
Pictures: Thanks to Roshan and L'Express.