Letter of Invitation to A Friend : Letter to your friend describing the destruction caused by the earthquake in your town
53 - Muthu Street,
Bihar - 6.
20th Dec. - 1989.
I am writing this letter with a choking grief. I was an eyewitness to the havoc caused by the earthquake which you must have seen on the T.V. and which you must have read about in newspapers.
I was on the top of the hill with my picnic party. We were using our binoculars to enjoy the landscape. We began to hear a strange rattle and saw the earth make a light trembling up-and-down movement far off. We were terrified. I saw the buildings of the town tumbling, some collapsing and the others struggling. I then saw the earth making a long gap while quaking still. Alas, I noticed thousands of people falling into the gap. Animals and vehicles too fell into it. After three minutes the earthquake stopped and the deep gap disappeared leaving behind only a pit of about ten metres in depth.
The earth swallowed thousands of people and animals. The collapsing of buildings killed about twelve thousand people.
I saw all those tragic sights as in a dream or on the screen. When I recovered, I saw people rushing towards the long pit to rescue the people still alive in it and get out the available corpses.
We descended from the top of the hill, started our car and reached the scene of the tragedy. With tears, we lent our hands in the rescue work.
Those people who were swallowed by the earth must have been crushed to death within a few seconds. Earthquakes, floods, famine and pestilences as contribute to the reduction of the strength of the human population as well as war, murder, natural death, sickness, abortion and the Family Planning devices do.
I have lost my interest in life. I am wandering about like the Ancient Mariner or the knight at Arms alone and palely loitering.
Letter of Invitation to A Friend
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