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Local devastation...

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 3 February 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Two adults and six children, minus their pets, are now homeless.

PS: Fire department investigation showed too many appliances plugged into a single electrical outlet to be the major cause of the fire. :(

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SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

The biggest travesty to me has been the terrible lack of co-ordination in the rescue package despite the good will and intentions of the western world. People turning to looting and violence ten days and more after the event because they had received no water or food, with many help organisations in place (and no disrespect to those who have done a fantastic job on the ground despite this lack of co-ordination from the authorities). Considering that this was one small township, compared to some of the larger rescue operations after hurricanes and landslides in the world, I think we have much to learn about how we offer help and save the victims .

The other thing that really struck home was the resilience of mankind, the will to survive, with people being found alive so long after the event.

3 Feb 2010 5:05am

@SOUL AFLAME: None of us expects to face tragedies, yet we all do to some extent and there is little way to prepare for the emotional distress. As for the organization (or lack of), the very same things were said when we had four hurricanes here in Florida six years ago, or after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. You're right; humans are resilient, aren't they.

tubby from Singapore, Singapore

oh my what a tragedy! sad to learn that... this photo seems to capture the devastating effect

3 Feb 2010 8:35am

@tubby: Thank you for your comment.

Mhélène from Paris, France

It is sad and you give the information with this beautiful photo, not to forget those who are grief-stricken !

3 Feb 2010 11:29am

@Mhélène: Tragedies happen, large and small, but when it happens to us it's devastation, plain and simple!

Chris from South Jersey, United States

It certainly makes you realize how fragile life is, and how temporary "things" can be.......hard for this family, but thankfully nobody was hurt.....

3 Feb 2010 2:28pm

@Chris: You're right, Chris and the blessing truly was that no one was at home ... except the dogs.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

There is so much pain in the world.

3 Feb 2010 2:35pm

@john4jack: Yes, Jack, it's all around us ... and sometimes in our own lives.

Barbara from Florida, United States

You've documented how quickly this families life has changed. Comforts of home now charred remains. I'm saddened to hear about the dogs. How terrified they must have been.
Much like the people in Haiti it took minutes for their lives to be devastated. It is sad when the world reaches out to give aid and there are so many obstacles to get to desperate people in need.

3 Feb 2010 2:49pm

@Barbara: I too, am so troubled when I think of the dogs. Mike thinks the smoke would probably have taken them before any actual fire ... I certainly hope he's right.
Obstacles to relief efforts are so horrible!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

How sad for the people in their loss of home and pets. Tragedy can be huge scale or personal, but it is always tragedy. I hope some very caring people surround this family with love in such a painful time.

3 Feb 2010 3:04pm

@Viewfinder: I agree ... tragedy is like pain ... pain is pain!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I feel so very sad, heartbroken for the loss of pet and home, terrible loss, excellent journalistic photo, I pray

3 Feb 2010 4:01pm

@Lorraine: Thank you, Lorraine; I don't know the people, but they are in my prayers too!

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

How devastating...

3 Feb 2010 5:26pm

lare from kangasala, Finland

so sadly, but luckily the world incl our country has reached a helping hand, so I'm too, latest today by giving a sum of money to Haiti...globalisation is in future have to be concrete help for those who suffer...I'm glad You show also these kind of pictures so that we do NOT forget...

3 Feb 2010 7:05pm

@lare: Thank you for your meaningful words ... we cannot forget those who are suffering!

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

That's sad Judy......6 kids....like I have....being displaced like that with that many kids is a horrible situation. Great photo journalism.

4 Feb 2010 3:25am

@Sandy Weston: Thanks, Sandy ... I appreciate your comment.