Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados–these are all examples of natural disasters that occur almost daily in the United States. For most of us, these happenings are merely news stories that we hear about from various places across the globe. For a few Marian students though, disasters are far more than just headlines in the newspaper.
The recent flooding in Louisiana on Aug. 12-22 has been labeled by the Red Cross as “the worst US disaster since Hurricane Sandy.” Thousands of people are without homes due to massive amounts of rain throughout the state.
Senior Kelly Straub has an aunt and an uncle who live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“They live right by LSU. Their house was partly flooded, so my whole family got together and helped to clean it up,” Straub said. The excessive amounts of flooding was a lot to take in. “I am just thankful that my aunt and uncle are okay,” Straub said.
The flooding in Louisiana isn’t the only natural disaster that has impacted individuals in the Marian community recently. On Aug. 24, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit a series of small towns in Italy.
At least 247 people were killed and more than 1,000 more were displaced as a result of the disaster (CNN).
Junior Diana Elizalde has a good friend who lives in Italy, close to where the earthquake struck. Elizalde said, “Freshman year I went to Norfolk Catholic Jr/Sr High School, and we had an Italian exchange student that year, Marina Bagini. We became close friends throughout the year, especially since we were both in the spring musical. Marina lives close to where the earthquake happened.” This was a very worrying situation for Elizalde.
“Thankfully, she is safe and sound, but a few of her college friends had some damage to their houses,” Elizalde said.
Natural disasters come in various levels of severity, and whether we hear about them on the news or not, it is important that we keep the victims of these disasters in our thoughts and hope for active recoveries.
No matter how far away a disaster may be, the victims could be closer to us than we ever thought possible.