Disaster Events | VOL. 15, ISSUE 92, November-December 2015

The Chennai 2015 Floods

The Chennai floods in November-December 2015 are a wake-up call for us all. It is high time we stopped all unregulated unauthorised illegal encroachments and constructions over natural watercourses, creeks, estuaries, ponds, lakes and marshlands in our greed to over-exploit our natural resources under the ruse of development.

Disaster Events | VOL. 15, ISSUE 90, May-June 2015

Tremors in Bihar

Awareness on how to deal with disasters can significantly prevent trauma-related issues, as also deaths and injuries caused by earthquakes in seismically active regions.

Disaster Events | VOL. 15, ISSUE 90, May-June 2015

The Nepal Earthquake

The Eurasian and Indian plates meet along the central part of Nepal. The subducting Indian plate thrusting into the Eurasian plate makes Nepal a high risk seismic zone. In such a scenario, measures to minimise quake-related damage is imperative.

Disaster Events | VOL. 15, ISSUE 90, May-June 2015

A Stitch in Time

Long term mitigation planning, and ensuring that all new development is sensitive to potential risks is the need of the hour, given the fact that South Asia is vulnerable to major earthquakes in the future.

Disaster Events | VOL. 15, ISSUE 89, March-April 2015

Urban Flooding in India

Of late, flooding in urban areas has increased due to changes in land use and recurrent extreme event episodes. Although advances in forecasting and relief operations have minimised the loss of lives, yet the damage to property continues to be severe.

Disaster Events | VOL. 14, ISSUE 86, September-October 2014

Storm Surge

Storm surge, the outcome of a tropical cyclone over the northern Indian Ocean, is a major marine hazard. The newly developed model for prediction of storm surges has proved helpful and is being used to disseminate information to countries in the northern Indian Ocean.

Disaster Events | VOL. 14, ISSUE 86, September-October 2014

Early Warning System and Phailin

Cyclone Phailin crossed into Odisha and adjoining northern Andhra Pradesh near Gopalpur on October 12, 2013. India Meteorological Department (IMD) accurately predicted the genesis, intensity, track and point and time of landfall well in advance. As a result, the loss of human lives due to the cyclone was reduced to just 22 persons.

Disaster Events | VOL.14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

The Tirumala Fire

The fire in the Seshachalam forest in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh destroyed 1300-1400 hectares of forest land belonging to Andhra Pradesh, and about 100 hectares of forest land belonging to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.

Disaster Events | VOL.14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

Dhanushkodi: A Disaster that Wiped out India’s Geography

The ghost town of Dhanushkodi, Located on a tombolo a little beyond Rameswaram, used to be India’s furthest outpost in the Indian Ocean. However, the super cyclone OF 1964 not only wiped out India’s history but also its geography.

Disaster Events | VOL. 14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

Chemical Industry Safety in India

Only in the last decade, 130 significant chemical accidents have been reported in India, which resulted in 259 deaths and 563 major injuries. Safety measures are thus required to be addressed by all stakeholders, in a sustained manner, for the prevention of chemical accidents.