Quake Shakes Himalayan Region: Extend All Possible Support to the People

26 May 2015
SEVENTEEN days after the severe earthquake of 25th April, which wrought havoc in the Himalayan region, especially in Nepal where thousands have died and almost one-third of the buildings have been damaged, another massive quake on 12th May – 7.3 on the Richter scale – has again caused serious damage to the already ravaged regions. These repeated quakes with the possibility of many more aftershocks demand that before the reconstruction of the urban and rural areas are taken up, the fragile nature of this region be taken into consideration and all efforts be made to rebuild according to a sustainable development paradigm.

While the underlying cause of earthquakes like that in Nepal is the uneasy grinding of the continent-sized plates that float over the Earth's molten interior – the latest event in that endless process coming around midday on 25 April 25, when the section that holds up India slipped under the Eurasian plate and caused the devastating quake –the rain that fills the huge rivers that rise in the Himalayas and run down to the Bay of Bengal is a crucial part of this process. Dr Pierre Bettinelli was the scientist who in 2007 first showed how this vast flush of rainwater, second only to that of the Amazon basin, affects earthquakes in the Himalayas. Quite simply, the coming and going of the weight of the monsoon rains was causing energy to build up at the edge of the plate. Meanwhile, of course, climate change has been shown to be causing enormous and disturbing changes in the size and shape of the South Asian monsoon, while human tampering has played a part in floods.

Thus we cannot look upon the massive earthquakes which have shattered the people of this region repeatedly as only a "natural calamity".As international capital and its native lackeys, in their lust for profits, continue the wanton destruction of the environment, such earthquakes and other such natural calamities are going to become ever more frequent and severe. The only way to ensure that the frequency of such massive catastrophes is reduced is to see that the system of capitalism which exploits nature and humans to unsustainable levels is replaced by another system which will allow humans to produce for their needs in greater harmony with nature, as a part of nature and not in opposition to it.

The CPI(ML) Red Star expresses its deep anguish and pain at the loss of life and property of the people in Himalayan region especially in Nepal. We have always considered the people of Nepal as our closest brethren and stand prepared now, in their hour of need, to proffer whatever help to them as is in our capacity.

We call upon all democratic people and the toiling masses of India to come to the aid of the people of Himalayan region, especially Nepal in whatever manner possible. Let us express our deepest condo-lences and sympathies for all affected people of Nepal and stand in revolutionary solidarity with them.
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