After Perlis, Kedah and part of Penang had their worst flooding history a few months ago, lately the water level around the east coast's areas were rising. Even though seasonal flooding is an expected natural disaster caused by the monsoon and occurs almost every year, the flood will always take some life together. We human can only predict the monsoon, but the severity and what tragedy it may cause are out of our knowledge and control.
|A Pak Haji rescuing his cat and goose. Picture from http://www.theage.com.au|
When I was in Australia, the major problem was drought. Many rivers were drying out. In summertime, bushfires were everywhere because it was too hot and dry. It even affected towns and cities burning down houses, leaving hundreds if not thousands of people homeless. The worst bushfire ever happened was in 2009 if I still can remember. Ironically, this year (end of 2010/early 2011) it was the other way round. Huge part of particularly eastern Australia were affected by flood.
|A man rescuing a boat full of kangaroos from flooding area. Picture from Bigpicture.|
For those who observe, there are many other kinds of unexpected disasters happening. Landslide, hailstorm, flashflood, climate change, just to name a few. Murder, rape, street robbing, baby dumping, can be considered as cultural disaster I guess. Allah s.w.t. said in the Quran:
ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِي النَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعْضَ الَّذِي عَمِلُوا لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ
"Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done
that perhaps they will return [to righteousness]."
"Telah timbul berbagai kerosakan dan bala bencana di darat dan di laut dengan sebab apa yang telah dilakukan oleh tangan manusia; (timbulnya yang demikian) kerana Allah hendak merasakan mereka sebahagian dari balasan perbuatan-perbuatan buruk yang mereka telah lakukan, supaya mereka kembali (insaf dan bertaubat)." (Ar-Rum: 41)
Or maybe the world is now just too old huh...