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From 50 Years Ago: Criminal Negligence

Vol V, No 47 november 21, 1970

Criminal Negligence

The terrible cyclone which struck the coastal areas of East Pakistan in the early hours of the 13th of this month was the ninth major such disaster to devastate these areas in the last ten years. According to official records, in the previous eight cyclones in the sixties 55,143 people had lost their lives. In 1965 alone, three cyclones caused more than 20,000 deaths. Only last month about 80 people died in a relatively minor cyclonic storm. In addition, river floods have also taken their toll, though less-horrifying in the number of deaths caused. In India, which has been less unfortunate, the losses caused by floods every year are huge. According to a recent estimate of the Union Minister for Irrigation and Power, the cumulative losses during the last decade were 9,500 human lives, over five lakh heads of cattle and crops worth Rs 872 crores.

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