Cheerful Under the Rain, Or What Happens When Municipality is Subsidized by Government.
Kiev, July 02, 2010
Why are these Ukranian girls so happy?
These Ukrainian girls on the picture look very happy. They are standing in the middle of the street not far from Railway station in Kiev (capital of Ukraine). They are knee deep in water that flooded the street.
Do you know why? Do you have any idea what happened in Kiev on Friday, July 2nd, 2010?
Happened rain. Heavy rain, with hail in some regions of Kiev.
Do you have an idea why people are walking as if in a river?
I’ll tell you later and it will explain why the street was flooded by the rain. It will not explain why Ukrainian girls are cheerful. Actually, they are happy and cheerful because they are young! When you are young life seems cheerful no matter what.
Older Ukrainian women do not look as happy as young girls, but they don't seem to mind either.... They just except the situation as it is.
The guy in his underwear looks a little bit like Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, but for sure is not him.
Rain is a sign of good luck in many cases.
When you start a new project and it rains that day, they say that it is a good sign. Rain at the beginning of something symbolizes good luck. Many cultures see rain as a symbol for renewal or new beginnings. Rain was also a symbol of fertility, since rain restored and maintained the wellness of crops. It is considered that rain on the day of a wedding is good luck, probably it came from different cultures where marriage is often referred to as tying the knot and a wet knot is harder to untie.
In literature we often see that rain is used to underline the idea of depression. For example, in Ernest Hemingway's novel, A Farewell to Arms, rain is often used to symbolize and represent war, death, but also love
But still, more often rain is a symbol of good fortune coming your way. When Russian president Dmitry Medvedev came to Ukraine to meet with President of Ukraine Yanukovich on May 17, 2010, it was raining cats and dogs that day. Medvedev expressed his hope that the rain would wash away all what is negative and would leave a new clean page for relationship. Yanukovich said that rain predicts money (literally- “rain to money”)
Flood in Kiev
After many days of hot and dry weather Kiev (the capital of Ukraine) got heavy rain. They called it “tropical rain”, thought is was not tropical. It was just heavy rain that even did not last for very long. In many regions of Kiev it didn’t leave any traces besides making everything wet.
Albeit the region of Kiev near Railway station looked like Venice. There were no gondolas there, but cars would represent them if they could float. Unfortunately they could not. The water flooded the street and also some of underground street crossings. The entrance to one of Metro stations was flooded too.
Some people saw here some kind of nature disaster. Not exactly the beginning of 1212, but a warning sign from above. I don’t think this is the right explanation.
So, why did it happen? Not really because of the heavy rain. Just because of poor drainage system. Streets are supposed to have some kind of drainage system, drainage pipes that are supposed to direct rain water into the sewer. This system does not work the way it should when it becomes obstructed, blocked up, clogged. When people throw garbage on the streets, garbage gets into drainage system. When city authorities do not clean drainage system and do not take care of it, then happens flood like this.
It’s that simple. I don’t think there is another explanation why only certain streets in Kiev became streets of Venice.
Government Subsidized Municipality. Reality. Photo: Konstantin Grishin @livejournal.com
Check those crazy people taking advantage of the street flood. They made Fun out of situation. This nation can survive anything!!
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