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Why Is Every Monsoon Bringing Devastation for Uttarakhand?

Why Is Every Monsoon Bringing Devastation for Uttarakhand?

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Uttarakhand is often referred to as Devbhumi or the Land of the Gods and is known for its scenic beauty and breathtaking landscapes. A Google search for Uttarakhand today, however, throws open images and videos of flash floods, falling mountains and people and property being washed away. Uttarakhand faced flash floods back in 2013 which became a national concern as it was the most petrifying disaster after the Tsunami of 2004. That disaster, it seems, was just a starting point. Ever since then, we hear news of devastations like landslides, buildings collapsing, floods etc. caused due to rains during the monsoon season. This year, yet again, the monsoon is bringing news of devastation across Uttrakhand. In Dehradun, the State capital, the onset of the monsoon witnessed the loss of 7
Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Held in Kathmandu

Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Held in Kathmandu

Global
The European Union Delegation to Nepal hosted a regional conference on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation on Kathmandu, on May 26-27. The backdrop of the conference was the growing prevalence of natural disasters and increased vulnerability to climate change in South Asia. The conference was organized in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), Centre for South Asian Studies, and DAI Europe. South Asia is one of the most vulnerable to natural disasters and to the impacts of climate change. At the same time, the region is home to creative initiatives which can inspire the rest of the world. With new international commitments, such as the Paris Agreements signed on April 22 2016, there is renewed momentum...
How Natural Are Natural Disasters?

How Natural Are Natural Disasters?

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Natural disasters have affected more than 200 million people every year since 1990. Globally, the rate of natural disaster events has gone up by 400% in the last 20 years. On an average, in the last 30 years, more than 4,600 people have died annually due to some sort of natural disaster. The impact of natural disasters is felt even harder today because of overcrowding and less open spaces. But who has time for the changing climate or showing concern towards the consistently dropping water table anyway? Everyone is so busy and is getting late for work, or something like that. Once upon a time, monsoons in India were associated with fests, sweets, kheer and regarded as a season of love. But since the last decade rains have become a death knell of disaster and possible disruption of...
Floodplain Encroachment: Commonwealth Games’ Irreversible Damage to Delhi’s Sustainability

Floodplain Encroachment: Commonwealth Games’ Irreversible Damage to Delhi’s Sustainability

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Satellite image of River Yamuna and its floodplain (in lean period) clearly shows the encroachment that may have intensified floods in Delhi this year If you think the massive traffic jams, national shame, broken infrastructure that crumbles even as it is being constructed and the caving in of roads are all the direct impacts of the Commonwealth Games 2010 that we are facing as citizens of Delhi, there is more to it that got overshadowed amidst it all. And these are impacts that may keep returning to plague Delhi long after the Games are over. If you are among the people whose houses got flooded this monsoon and think it is the incessant rains because of which the Yamuna became so swollen and caused the damage, there might be more to it that you should know. Predictions had already b...
Delhi University’s Girl’s Hostel Under Water, As Are Other Parts of the City

Delhi University’s Girl’s Hostel Under Water, As Are Other Parts of the City

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A girl tries to wade through water at the P.G. Women's Hostel in Delhi University. The students at DU this year are the worst hit beginning with the half hearted introduction of the semester system--in some courses--by the administration, which never went well with the lecturers, to being evacuated from the hostels for the Commonwealth Games 2010, to breathing in dust filled air and walking on broken footpaths and mudslides owing to the CWG construction and now the wrath of the monsoon and an annoyed river for the city's governing agencies' disrespect for Nature and the Yamuna River and its floodplain.
Yamuna’s Fury in Delhi, A Nature’s Reminder to All

Yamuna’s Fury in Delhi, A Nature’s Reminder to All

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Chanting to their lungs capacity, the praise of Lord Ganesh, “Ganpati Bappa Morya, Mangal Murti Moraya”, along the banks of River Yamuna, thousands of devotees assembled to bid farewell to the Lord of prosperity and urged him to come back soon next year. The waves of the river was in its high energizing motion and with open arms welcomed the Ganesha. The release of water from the Hathinikund barrage upstream in Haryana has swollen the Yamuna and it is flowing well above the danger level of 204.83 metres in Delhi, and it has been more than once that this level has been crossed in this season alone. Heavy rainfall in the catchment area of Yamuna in Uttrakhand has resulted in the heavy inflows into the Yamuna.  On Wednesday morning, the river was flowing at 206.92 metres -- 2.09 metres
Changing Climate, Suffering Life Forms

Changing Climate, Suffering Life Forms

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“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are to miss the future” - John. F. Kennedy Well that’s an apt statement truly depicting man’s present suffering based on his previous actions of non-judicious use of resources. Change is the law of nature and the earth has witnessed it for billions of years. As it was a natural and gradual process then, so the ecosystem could adapt to the change without any adverse impacts. But the increased human interference in the present times has disrupted the natural balance. Climate change is a consequence of the same and is having far-reaching and catastrophic social impacts affecting communities in different ways. People in dev
Underpass & Flyovers: Blueprint for Delhi’s Destruction?

Underpass & Flyovers: Blueprint for Delhi’s Destruction?

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A shaken Delhi For a city where 98% of the total annual rainfall pours down in less than a month, planning can never be easy. When the latter is carried out hurriedly as if to meet a certain 2010 target, what can happen is what Delhi is witnessing today. A delayed monsoon that gave up to the changing climate met an infrastructure in the making of a 'world class city'. Roads were flooded with water (and cars), parts of it went down, trees uprooted themselves, the Metro Rail stopped and the traffic came to a standstill. Urban mobility was yet again held ransom. Any by none other than the very forces of Mother Nature which only ask for a sustainable development in exchange. The first of such downpours in this season, which took place during the evening hours of 27th of July, not just cl...
Public Lecture: Floods in India, A Recurring Nightmare

Public Lecture: Floods in India, A Recurring Nightmare

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series The geoclimatic conditions of India make the country prone to natural disasters like floods and tsunamis. The frequency and intensity of floods has grown in the country over the years primarily because of the increased encroachment of flood plains. India receives an annual rainfall of 400 million hectare meters. 75 per cent of the annual rainfall is received during monsoon (from June to September) and, as a result almost all the rivers carry heavy discharge during these four months. Floods being a natural phenomena, total elimination or control of floods is neither practically possible nor economically viable. Hence, flood management aims at providing a reasonable degree of protection against flood damage at economic cost

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