Why landslide mitigation is important The monsoons may bring life and prosperity to our agrarian societies, but it also has harmful consequences, especially for hilly regions. The monsoons have already begun to wreak havoc this year with persistent heavy rains leading to floods and landslides in many parts of Northeastern India that have claimed more than 80 lives according to government officials in the month of July 2017 (Indian Express, 2017), along with large numbers of people displaced by floods...
Natural phenomena are largely benevolent and are beneficial to society. However, at times these are of severe intensity and thus become hazardous. When societies fail to cope with hazards they turn into disasters. It is ironical that on one hand improved hazard monitoring, early warning system and disaster management practices have helped in mitigating adverse impact of hazards; on the other hand land use changes have turned hazards in to disasters. It is interesting to note that land use change...
Earthquake is one of the most destructive natural disasters. Learn how to keep yourself safe in case you ever encounter a devastating earthquake event.
There has been a paradigm shift in cyclone warning services in India due to the modernisation programme and other initiatives taken by the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
India has made some major advances in seismological research in the past few decades. However, gaps continue to remain, and populations remain vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis. Initiatives like microzonation, and scientific drilling may yet provide a solution to these problems.
New Delhi, May 17 (G’nY News Service): A study at the University of New South Wales, Australia have determined that cities face harsher and more concentrated rainfall as climate change not only intensifies storms, but draws them into narrower bands of more intense downpours. The findings have major implications for existing storm water infrastructure, particularly in large cities, which face higher risks of flash flooding. The study titled Reduced spatial extent of extreme storms at higher temperatures...
More than a decade after the 2004 Andaman-Sumatra earthquake/tsunami, offshore and deep ocean observation systems now contribute to early tsunami warning efforts in India. The lessons we learnt from this catastrophe taught us to develop better strategies for disaster-preparedness.
Tamil Nadu experienced unprecedented floods in November-December 2015, with Chennai bearing the brunt of non-stop rains and inundation paralysing normal life. High sea surface temperatures over the Bay of Bengal, a stationary pressure trough and easterly waves caused this phenomenon.
Ever since independence, dams were looked upon as the temples of modern India, our saviour against droughts, and partners in India’s development. However, ill-conceived structures devoid of environmental assessment and lack of upstream and downstream flow data have turned them into killers throughout the length and breadth of the country.
A nation that seeks to educate the common man about the pitfalls of poor siting on one hand, chooses to do an exact opposite on the other.