Pooja Poddar Marwah

The end of the world

Are we re-living the biblical plague? It’s a thought that most people have been asking, and discussing on their dining tables. Every few years, we contemplate if this is it. If this is the end.

Nature’s fury only heightens the curiosity and makes it seem as though it is a sign. And if you look back at the past few months, it kind of reaffirms the worst.

2020 began with a bang, literally! The earth cracked open and Puerto Rico witnessed several quakes with tremors ranging from 4.8 to 6.4. February had villagers in Kenya look up at a dark cloud, hoping to see some respite against their scorching heatwave; only to realise minutes later that it was a severe locust attack. “It looked as though an umbrella had covered the sky.”

The ant invasion grappled Oman, leaving its government and environmentalists at a loss as to where they originated from and as the middle east was trying to cope, the Taal volcano erupted in the Philippines leaving flights cancelled and people distraught. Heavy Snowfall and incessant rains in Pakistan’s Balochistan province broke its 200 year old record and brought the district to a standstill.

In a place where floods are rare, Dubai witnessed heavy rainfall. 3 hours of rainwater accounted for over a month’s forecast. Speaking of floods, the one in Indonesia was the worst in over a decade and took away many lives and livelihoods, in a snatch. Severe storms swept across America’s deep south, and then came Corona and brought the world to a standstill. No more were we divided into provinces or regions… This Wuhan originated pandemic affected each and every part of the world and continues to do so.

And while we are grappling with a microbe we know nothing about, North India is burning with heat, Amphan is raging across West Bengal, locusts are causing havoc….

What were the biblical plagues again? Hail, Locusts, darkness, livestock, death, boils… If we include heatwaves as them… Where are we going? What are we doing?

This is a lesson for Humanity as a whole. It is Nature’s way of saying that from now on SHE is taking charge and protecting the other side of life… the trees, animals, plants.. to maintain a balance between us humans and them living beings! Ironical isn’t it?

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