It's hard to believe the lack of media coverage of the 1,500 killed and 41 million people displaced in the floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh compared to the 39 killed and 100,000 homes affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Don't get me wrong the disaster in the US is unprecedented in it's fury and devastation to those affected and we wish them well in what will no doubt be a long and hard recovery but what we are saying is the media coverage for Harvey has been non stop, around the clock. The flooding however in India, Nepal and Bangladesh is afforded little more that 1-2 minutes and only in the main news bulletins. Just like those affected in Houston these people have lost everything but there are probably close to 400 times as many affected in the Asian floods. So why does the US flooding get so much more media and support - is it because it is almost "expected" nowadays during the Asian monsoons?
So anyway this got us thinking, the Hibiscus Coast is a massive coastal area and with a number of low lying, flat areas. Orewa for example would be very susceptible if there were to be a storm on the scale of Harvey or if a tsunami were to hit. So where are the flood prone areas around the Coast.
The Auckland Council Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Greenways Appendices 1 provide some fascinating information maps relating to local population, roading, cultural heritage, topography, schools and community facilities and lots more information including the "Catchments/Hydrology" map showing flood prone areas, flood plains and flood sensitive areas and permanent watercourses. There appears to be less than we personally would expect around Orewa waterfront but as expected large areas up the Estuary, all around the Weiti River area, some low lying areas in Manly and the low lying areas around the start of Shakespear Regional Park.
Our question this week is, if a severe storm or tsunami were to hit the Hibiscus Coast, are you prepared and what is your top item for your emergency kit?
After a recent article by Jay Boreham from the Rodney Times on the bust of dealers of synthetic cannabis right here in our own community, and this was after previous raids locally, that started us wondering about how widespread the issue of drugs actually is on the Hibiscus Coast?
As a reasonably affluent, and still with a relatively large "older" population, the Hibiscus Coast in reality shouldn't have a big problem. However the secretiveness of dealing and the furtive methods used by dealers in spreading their tendrills and slowly creeping into all aspects of society and all manner of households it probably shouldn't come as a shock for this to be on our doorstep.
With the recent spate of deaths across Auckland, and now spreading further afield, believed to be related to synthetic cannabis it seems to be an evil that some people just can't get their head around. Why, just why would you do it?
We'd love your thoughts on the state of the drug market and the damage it may be doing across the Hibiscus Coast ...
We love the Hibiscus Coast, the beaches, the community feel and the wide variety of things to do and places to go and this isn't diminishing as the Coast grows, although we are finding there are rather too many sets of traffic lights than the old days!