The 31st of January seemed to have declared the end of twilight, another day. But there was a roar, with streams of water, mud and sticks that killed 28 people and left a mark in Quito that could take time to clear. We are not well prepared for tragedy.
Such incidents are usually assessed for material damage and its economic consequences. Also for the number of dead and injured. But what is measured is the hours of anxiety and affected lives, such as 9-year-old Nicholas, who sadly lost his father on a memorable afternoon.
Nicholas talks about his dream of becoming a chef, his desire to be proud of his father, something that will not be possible because of the diversity that has been connected for decades, such as weak urban planning, global warming, laziness agencies, local and national governments. To implement risk-taking measures … her only regret is that her father will not see her as a great cook.
The floods in La Comuna and La Gasca affected 21 children and adolescents. One of the minors lost both parents; And the other 20 lost one of them.
But it’s not just Quito. The newspaper went to Cotopaxi a few weeks ago in El Palmer, at the foot of the mountain range. There, the Pilalo River swells and destroys parts of the city. In view of the inaction of the authorities, the residents had to rent equipment and build a collection and a raffle for road rehabilitation.
Two days ago, the newspaper reported on the fact that in several communities in Astro, which were also damaged by the rains, there were many schools with disabilities and face-to-face attendance, a decisive factor for education. The quality of the kids, you put yourself at risk.
If the guideline of modernity is for humanity to impose itself on nature, then it is up to governments to change that mindset as a society and to plan how to find a balance to reduce short, medium and long term risks.