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Are earthquakes responsible for beached marine animals?

New Delhi, January 13 (G’nY News Service): Scientists are of the opinion that just as earthquakes cause fatalities in the human world - it also causes disorientation in marine animals leading to beaching and eventual death. This aspect is probably what was responsible for the recent happening where beached whales off the coast of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu was seen in scores. However, commenting on nomenclature, Dr. Jai Bhaskar, Senior Scientist in Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI)...

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Why is December decimating Tamil Nadu?

New Delhi, December 04 (G’nY News Service):  This December Tamil Nadu has experienced its worst rainfall in a 100 years. We have also seen the region suffer the December 2004 tsunami, still fresh in our memories, a phenomenon that occurred over 100 years ago – the last one in recorded history being in 1883, where a 2 m tsunami was reported in Chennai. https://www.geographyandyou.com/science/weather-and-climate/rainfall-variability-in-india/ In the present context, total rainfall in Tamil...

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Surface Water Storage and Disasters – Damn Failures and flooding in extreme event scenarios

New Delhi, September 3 (G’nY News Service): India has a long history of damn failures.The Kaddam Project Dam, Adilabad, Andhra Pradesh built in 1957-58, collapsed in the later part of 1958, as it was unable to hold flood waters that breached sections of the damn leading to its failure. The Kaila Dam, Kachch, Gujarat constructed between 1952 – 55 collapsed in 1959. The same was the fate with the Kodaganar dam, the Macchu II Dam, the Nanaksagar Dam, the Panshet Dam, and the list goes on. As...

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Natural Disasters and Hydro-Excitement in the Upper Tista Catchment: A Serious Concern!

New Delhi, August 31 (G’nY News Service): Trans-boundary Tista Basin forms a part of the larger Brahmaputra Basin in the Eastern Himalaya. The river drains a total geographical area of about 12159 km². Around 2004 km2 of the basin (about 17 percent) area lies in Bangladesh with the rest being in India. In recent times, traditional symbiotic and intimate human-environment relationship in the Tista Basin has been increasingly put to danger by diverse undercurrents of development. This has resulted...

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West Bengal devastated by floods

New Delhi, August 1 (G’nY News Service): Heavy rainfall in West Bengal over the weekend resulted in devastating floods that claimed over 50 lives. The state witnessed havoc in past 48 hours when incessant rainfall continued all across the state as an aftermath of the Cyclone Komen which hit large parts of Bengal, Odisha and Manipur. The deaths include the demise of four children, reported a local daily. Hitherto, the floods have submerged 12 districts of the state. Reports claim that over 21 lakh...

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Cyclone Komen wrecks havoc; Claims more than 150 lives in India

New Delhi, August 1 (G’nY News Service): Cyclone Komen, that built a depression over Bangladesh, claimed more than 160 lives and affected an estimated 80 lakh people in India hitherto. The worst affected states are West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Odisha and Manipur. Two days after the cyclone made a landfall in Bangladesh, the east and north eastern parts of India witnessed incessant rainfalls that continued into devastating floods. Although Rajasthan and Gujarat regained normalcy today, situations...

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Incessant rain inundates Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi, July 20 (G’nY News Service): Incessant monsoon rains that Madhya Pradesh witnessed since July 18 brought about flash floods in many parts of the state. The capital of the state, Bhopal, was also affected by the continuous downpour and normal life in the city was disturbed. The water-clogged streetscaused hindrance in transportation and many trains are reported to be running behind schedule due to water in railway tracks. Worst affected was the historic temple district of Ujjain, and many...

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2014 – Hottest Recorded Year Globally

New Delhi, July 18 (G’nY News Service): The State of the climate 2014 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) and published on July 16 in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year recorded in the planet. The report was compiled by the NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information utilized inputs from as much as 413 scientists from across 58 countries. It documents...

inbriefs | VOL. 14, ISSUE 83, March-April 2014

Science and Disaster Mitigation

The Uttarakhand disaster exposed the gap that exists between science and disaster decision making. Scientific alerts had little impact on the governmental mechanisms. On the other hand that very divide, once bridged, led to a successful evacuation operation in the case of cyclone Phailin. It is thus important to study the linkages between science and disaster reduction, analysing the barriers that prevent more effective use of science to suggest how the gap between science and decision making may be narrowed....

inbriefs | VOL. 11, ISSUE 64, January-February 2011

World Disasters Report 2010

The signs of our vulnerability to urban risk are everywhere. An earthquake can bring hospitals, schools and homes tumbling down with unspeakably tragic consequences. A volcano can throw city airports into chaos. Flood waters can turn well-kept streets into detritus-strewn canals. The drug trade can turn an inner city into a war zone. An epidemic can spread rapidly through a crowded slum. As the pendulum of human development swings increasingly away from the countryside to the city, we see that...