Newspapers in Kashmir Valley suggest tips to survive a Nuclear attack; Coincidence or Portend of Future?

In a strange coincidence or portend of forthcoming disaster, one is not so sure, ads in the newspapers in Kashmir are telling people on what to do during a Nuclear attack.

The notice, published Monday by the Kashmir police in the Greater Kashmir newspaper, advised people to build toilet-equipped basements large enough to house their entire families for two weeks. If there is no basement, residents should construct bunkers in their front yards, the notice advised.

The shelters should be stocked with candles, battery-operated lights and radios, it said, adding that stores of nonperishable food and water should be regularly replaced to ensure it is fresh.

Given the high tension between Pakistan and India over Kashmir skirmishes, it is a really stupid time to come out with this ad.  Second, the advice seems rather simplistic and not even credible.

The notice said that during a nuclear attack, motorists should dive out of their cars toward the blast to save themselves from being crushed by their soon-to-be tumbling vehicles.  “Expect some initial disorientation as the blast wave may blow down and carry away many prominent and familiar features,” it advises.

Honestly, if the body of the car will not be able to sustain the blasts, I don’t know how the human body can?  And, jumping in the direction of the blast.  Really??  Oh well, the Govt. officials maintain that it is “business-as-usual” and nothing is amiss.

Yoginder Kaul, inspector-general at the civil defense and state disaster response force, said the advisory was part of a normal campaign to educate the public, and the information has been available on a government website for some time.

Whether we are going to face the Nuke attack or not is something that only time will tell.


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