Fishermen pulling their boat out of the Sea following the cyclone ockhi  Bhushan Koyande/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

印度的失踪渔民

新德里——上个月,一场极具破坏力的飓风席卷了印度最南端,给喀拉拉邦、泰米尔纳德邦和拉克沙群岛造成了严重的损失。有着奇怪名字的飓风奥基其绝大多数受害者是来自喀拉拉邦特里凡得琅和泰米尔纳德邦坎亚库玛瑞(Kanyakumari)地区的渔民,因为没有及时得到飓风警报,他们在并未意识到危险的情况下出海捕鱼。他们的悲剧凸显了这样一个现实:印度沿海地区的穷人极易受到变幻莫测的大自然的影响。

迄今为止,奥基已经夺走了245条生命,并造成661人失踪,其中不少失踪在茫茫海上的渔民已不太可能找到下落。  此外,仅喀拉拉邦一地就有近3,500座房屋遭到破坏,其中被彻底摧毁的就有221座。 这场严重的飓风甚至还波及了马哈拉施特拉邦和古吉拉特邦的部分地区。

对我而言,奥基绝不仅仅是遥不可及的新闻头条。 身为特里凡得琅议会议员,我亲眼目睹了这场灾难及其带给印度某些最贫困最边缘化民众的可怕后果。 我拜访了死者的家人,并在临时灵堂上点燃香烛。 当我和这些被困民众共同哀悼,试着分担他们的痛苦和悲伤时,我发誓尽一切可能为他们提供帮助。

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