I’m afraid of wild animals. I’m terrified when I hear about people who got killed and eaten by them this very century sometime even in civilized cities, not only in the wilderness. The simple existence of ferocious animals keeps me from jumping into trips in wild nature, though I’d love the feeling of being one with it. That’s why I travel mostly in places where I can feel safe from such dangers. For instant, I would choose Houston as my travel destination thinking there is no way to be attacked by carnivore animals there. That until I heard that the recent hurricane Harvey which “visited” the Texas coast in the United States, hitting particularly Houston these days brought some strange gifts to its citizen: alligators, snakes, lizards and fire ants (like it was not enough it brought itself!) Big alligators walking free on the streets and in the gardens of residential homes. That is absolutely scaring. Houston, you got a problem!
The bites of fire ants can be mortal for people who are allergic to their venom because even a single sting can produce symptoms of anaphylaxis in a few minutes. Snakes bites could also produce victims since six species of the snakes that invaded Houston are venomous: three species of rattlesnakes, the Texas coral snake, the southern copperhead and the western cottonmouth – according to patch.com.
I would have never seen coming such a tragic situation in a modern city of one of the most civilized countries in the world. I wonder how is that possible that the city was not protected somehow from events like this. I mean why they didn’t build a huge dam so no hurricane would be able to get it off? Or an effective drainage system? They must have known for centuries the city is in the way of furious hurricanes, right?!
And Houston is not just another US city but the fourth largest city with about 2.4 million people. I can’t believe that nobody there, not even one politician stood out for a better protection of the city when confronting to natural disasters.
I must confess I have never witnessed a hurricane, just mild storms in the summer time, so I don’t really have a vivid picture of how powerful might be. Yes, I’m looking at the pictures and some of the videos, but is not the same thing as to actually be there.
However, if I lived in a country where hurricanes happen, I would have left the city the first hours, I wouldn’t have stayed to see what happens.People need to have some savings for special situations like these.
People need to have some savings for special situations like these in order to survive until they can return to their houses, jobs, and lives. I wonder how much it will take to repair all the damaged buildings and infrastructure, to pick up all the alligators and snakes that walk freely among or through houses.