If you’ve gone to the webpage of any major new site, you’ve probably heard of the roll-out of the GOP health bill to replace Obamacare or the changes of policy and government in the Middle East. But halfway around the globe, almost 200 people are dead due to flooding in the island nation of Sri Lanka, and no one seems to want to talk about it.
So first, some background on the climate and flooding in Sri Lanka. From the beginning of May to the end of September, Sri Lanka experiences the first of two monsoon seasons, which hits the southwestern portion of the island. These monsoons can deposit large amounts of rainfall during this time period, which results in adverse effects on the infrastructure of the country. This year’s monsoon season was the worst since 2003, with 453 mm of rainfall recorded in Ratnapura, an inland town. Many homes and shops remain covered in water up to 30 ft deep, with families having lost everything. Police and military rescue teams continue to work around the clock with multiple countries including India and Australia have pledged to send aid. But even with all this help, the death toll is expected to rise.
The problem here isn’t that the international community hasn’t done anything to solve the problem, they have. The problem is that while major news TV networks continue to broadcast about happenings in North Korea, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, events that happen in the third world continue to be left out of the news broadcasts. Yes, the countries listed are important to US listeners of broadcasting corporations like CNN and Fox News, but that should not mean that news from developing countries is left out.
So, why is this happening? Well, there are multiple theories. But it doesn’t matter why this news isn’t being disseminated. What matters, is that it is. The major flooding in Sri Lanka is just one example of stories that do not make it to major news. It is our duty as members of society to become informed about events, not just in our vicinity, but around the globe, and use that news to make decisions that will help make our world a better place, for generations to come.