Figures sometimes lie !!

A forward i got over email….several times from several friends.

Sometimes statistics dont always portray the real picture and this is one of those instances. Agreed I was not present to see first hand, both these calamities, but pictures and visuals and written accounts do help form an opinion.

The circumstances that created the tragedies and the aftermath were vastly different. In all the apathy shown by the US government and bureaucracy, the citizens were the ones who suffered.

Sadly but ironically, the ones who were left behind were black, poor, and democratic…..abandoned by a white, rich, republican government.

Final Score: Politics (1) Humanity (0)

the email…

inches of rain in new orleans due to hurricane katrina… 18
inches of rain in mumbai (July 27th)…. 37.1

population of new orleans… 484,674
population of mumbai…. 12,622,500

deaths in new orleans within 48 hours of katrina…100
deaths in mumbai within 48hours of rain.. 37.

number of people to be evacuated in new orleans… entire city..woh ho
number of people evacuated in mumbai…10,000

Cases of shooting and violence in new orleans…Countless
Cases of shooting and violence in mumbai.. NONE

Time taken for US army to reach new orleans… 48hours
Time taken for Indian army and navy to reach mumbai…12hours

status 48hours later…new orleans is still waiting for relief, army and electricty
status 48hours later..mumbai is back on its feet and business is as usual

USA…world’s most developed nation
India…third world country..

oops…did i get the last fact wrong???

4 Comments

  1. Pratik Pandey September 7, 2005

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  2. anonymous September 7, 2005

    The feds, state and the local govt. dropped the ball on this one in New Orleans, but your stats are misleading – the problem in NO had nothing to do with rains (so pointing out that stat is meaningless) – the levee broke, and NO, if you check up, is basically sitting at the bottom of a bowl. Hence, Water poured in.

  3. TTG September 13, 2005

    Wow, pratik, well SAID!!!

  4. mayank January 3, 2006

    umm that email so doest tell the whole story. what new orleans had to face was a very very very forcefull hurricane. what mumbai had to face was rain!! new orleans is 20 feet below sea level and mumbi is no where near below sea level

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