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    Posted July 17, 2013 by
    chennai, India
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    Visiting Tornado-Hit Tuscaloosa: What Calamity Can Teach The Hard Way

    I am from India and I have never been at a place where a major natural calamity hit. While I lived in the US as a student of Mississippi State University, I had to visit Tuscaloosa when I got to see the damage the tornado did. That was, the first time in my life, when I cam face to face with the aftermath of any natural calamity.

    I have seen floods and tornadoes on TV and they never seemed scary to me. As I drove past a few streets of the tornado-hit Tuscaloosa, I could not believe my eyes. I got down from my car and walked around the torn-apart neighborhood simply because I just couldn't glance and drive by. I took a lot of pictures to document my visit there, so I can see later and recall the feeling of having visited a calamity-hit region and learning a new meaning of life, its worth and how lucky I am to have been away from such natural calamities all my life so far.

    This picture will stay in my memory for a long time I believe.

    The recent Uttarakhand floods in India made me recall my visit to Tuscaloosa and the fact that I lived 1 hour away from the town when the tornado hit. I thought I would share this pic with you all.

    The Indian armed forces are struggling hard to help and rehabilitate the victims of Uttarakhand floods here in India. Thanks to them and all those who worked hard to help people all around the world during natural calamities and armed conflicts.

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