If anything, the torrential rains of this Wednesday have shown the authorities where they should set their priorities. There are so many important problems that need to be tackled right away, that require solutions for the long term and not quick fixes that have been privileged so far.
A smartphone of the latest technology or the most basic mobile phone was completely useless for a few hours. In a moment where concerned relatives or friends were in need of communication, panic ensued for many, not to mention exasperation. It is unacceptable that a network stops dead for a few hours. There needs to be an in-depth investigation of the problem by the concerned party to identify the root cause and to deal with it.
The most important problem was infrastructure. To think that one section of the country became completely disconnected is absolutely deplorable, more so, with the no. 1 man deciding to delegate tasks, in the comforts of a police station and later attributing the blame to others. For once, it would have been refreshing to move away from the blame game and to actually get to the task at hand without recriminations.
Lastly, the award for cacophony should go those who decided to send the population home after it has already left for work. By now, since torrential rains are a possibility every summer, a proper plan should be drafted and acted upon every time the situation demands for it. It would avoid panicked parents, spouses, kids and impossible traffic jams.
The next torrential rains will be an occasion to see whether lessons have been learned or whether the same template of blame, cacophony, and malfunctions is repeated.