WHEN NATURE STRIKES BACK: MONSOONS 1
WhenNature Strikes Back: Monsoons
The video is 47 minutes long, a Janson Media presentation, which talks about a storm. The monsoon winds struck in the late summer of 1999. It was towards the end of May in the South of the India Ocean, the Andaman Islands, that something was seen to be brewing on the ocean`s horizon. It was the Monsoon winds, an occurrence that had happened regularly. At the onset of the video, the climatic phenomenon is seen to be massive and powerful.
Following the strength of the storm, a huge tidal wave destroyed over 746,000 homes and another 23,000 houses washed away. Flooding and strong winds were normal during the monsoon season. The winds accompanying the storm forced down thousands of homes rendering them homeless. All these homes destroyed ensured over 10,000 people left homeless.
The rice farmers` land also became victim to the phenomenon. As seen in the video, Rice is the main crop in India, especially regions often hit by the monsoon winds, either grown in the lowlands, or on the terraces constructed by the residents. The powerful storm accompanied by the strong winds destroyed 1,733,000 hectares of farmland worth of rice. The storm rendered hundreds of thousands of families without food. The video shows the survivors given food from the helicopters from mainland Southern India.
Nature follows its course. It can tolerate natural forces as long as it can however, once it is stretched to a certain degree, it strikes back leaving a lot of victims fighting for their lives. The 1999 powerful storm in the Andaman Islands left over 10,000 people victims with a likely that there were many more victims unaccounted. Almost every survivor of the storm had lost a member of the family. Casualties were washed away according to the survivors sentiments.
To better understand the monsoon strengths, the marine scientists use samples collected from India and regions surrounding the place. The samples should be in a position to cover provenance and depositional environments. These samples also include deposits of Goting and Garbayang from the Himalayan Lake, the Thar Desert`s modern playas, and the Mastani near the shores of estuarine and deltaic environments.
To understand the strength of monsoon, specific techniques areapplied to the samples. These techniques include magneticmeasurements, which are designed to respond easily to any naturalmaterials artificially at a range that applies to the magneticfields. The monsoon is better understood since magnetic measurementsare rapidly and easily made constantly or in the laboratory. They arevery accurate technique is less than destructive. This way, themonsoon strength will be better understood since the samplesemphasize on sediment provenance, magnetic size, monitor particulateatmospheric pollution, and paleoclimate pollution.
The samples, according to the video, are collected by thepaleontologist, for example, Hanao Gupta a scientist at the IndianInstitute of Technology does a final preparation of sediments, whichis aimed at protecting the future while protecting its past. Thesample is meant to be analyzed to identify tiny creatures, whichsymbolizes the history of the monsoon strengths. The tiny creaturesalso predict the future of the monsoon, especially at the East Asia.The amount of the tiny creatures’ presents in the sample tells andanalyzes about the strength of the Indian summer monsoon.
By 2025, the paleontologists and other scientists expect more than 3 billion people to live in the monsoon areas. Currently, more than half of the world`s populations are now living within the Monsoon Asia. China and India alone have over 1 billion people, while others around the Asian region has 100 million people each. Scientists project that by 2025 more than half of the world`s population will be facing a likelihood of being hit by the monsoon storms, especially in Asian and European countries.
The monsoon regions also stretch from Africa to Pakistan and from thePole to Eastern Asia. It is because, on a yearly basis, the summermonsoon winds strike these regions. The possibility of the projectionis could be made possible by the Asian and European geography. Thevideo shows an aerial view of the Asian and European drifts since amillion years ago, which have resulted in three rough arcs.
The stone walls built around the villages were not effective enough to protect the villagers from the monsoon waves. One of the survivors explains that following the fishermen`s complaints, huge stone walls were erected on the beaches. Initially, it brought a sense of hope to the villagers, but with time, their hopes were dashed after strong ocean waves. One of the villagers complained that the wall as they were of no use since the contractors failed to complete building the walls. The continual rising of the sea waves brought back the beaches towards the villages.
The Las Vega unit of the National Weather Service issued a warning before the summer of 1999 monsoon storm in the Andaman Islands, Southern India. The villagers had experienced drought and lack of water months before the month of May. The National Weather Service issued a warning a month before the stormy month that fishermen should stay away from the sea. As is described by one of the fishermen whose daily earnings came from fishing, he claimed that people did not heed to the warning. However, people had become impatient. The meteorologist at the station noted that the winds during that summer were different from other summers. The warnings were also accompanied by people making sacrifices to the gods claiming that it was a way of praying for protection from the windy storms.
The 1999 Las Vega floods following strong stormy winds along the coastline of the Southern India region led to massive destruction of the building. The video shows a building that had withstood flood waves for many years brought down by the monsoon storms. Before massive destruction of the building that stood still by the ocean shore the video shows tremendous winds creating powerful waves. The powerful waves continue to hit hard on the building. Incessant impact on the building eventually brought it down. The 1999 Las Vega damage of the building was known by the Andaman Island`s residents as the traditional step wells that characterize the central village life. It has what prevented the precious water from evaporating following the scorching sun before the summer of 1999 stormy monsoon started its massive destruction.
If Global Warming continues, it could cause the Asian Monsoon phenomenon to shift. Samples taken to the India Institute of Technology indicate that the small creatures at the ocean bed indicate that the Asian monsoon drift continues to reverse. The small organic matter in the East Asian monsoon, for instance, is observed to have shifted towards the North. For many years, according to the video, scientists have discovered that the northern Asian monsoon experienced droughts, and with the shift towards the South, the Asian Monsoon will experience continuous summer flooding.