Disaster Events

Cyclone VARDAH brings another trail of destruction in South India

Cyclone Vardah that crossed Chennai coast on December 12, 2016 has affected the city’s functionality. The storm, the most intense cyclone to have hit the Tamil Nadu capital in two decades has left six people dead according to Times of India, snapped communication lines, flattened homes, and threw into disarry rail, road and air traffic as it crossed the coast. As many as 30 trees on the premises of the Madras high court got uprooted. Several educational campuses in the city like IIT-Madras and Anna...

Disaster Events

Cyclone Warning South India as VSCS- VARDAH Approaches the Indian Coast

Update - December 12, 2016 The very severe cyclonic storm (VSCS)- VARDAH over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal moved further nearly westwards during past 6 AM with a speed of 13 kmph and lay centred at 5:30 AM of today, the December 12, 2016 over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal near Latitude 13.2ºN and Longitude 81.6ºE, about 150 km east-northeast of Chennai and 220 km eastsoutheast of Nellore. The system is very likely to move nearly westwards and cross north...

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Cyclonic Storm ‘Nada’ weakening as it approaches the Indian Coast

The cyclonic storm “Nada” over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards on December 1 with a speed of about 12 kmph, weakened into a deep depression and lay centred at 11:30 AM near Latitude 10.6ºN and Longitude 81.2ºE over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 290 km south-southeast of Chennai, 210 km southeast of Puducherry and 220 km north of Trincomalee (Srilanka). The system is very likely to continue to move west-northwestward, weaken further gradually into a depression during next...

Planning & Mitigation

Land Use and Natural Disasters

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...

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Should India gear up for cyclone Kyant? (Update)

A deep depression is forming over east-central Bay of Bengal

Planning & Mitigation

Surviving a Quake

Earthquake is one of the most destructive natural disasters. Learn how to keep yourself safe in case you ever encounter a devastating earthquake event.

Disaster Events

Debris dammed lakes: An imminent threat looms over Uttarakhand

Bhatwari block in Uttarakashi district of Uttarakhand is under an immediate threat from a landslide dam. About 24 km from the India China border, this landslide dam has created on river Sonam is a threat to the downstream river bank communities, roads and bridges, other structures and most importantly ecology. Sonam Camp of Indo-Tibetan Border Police force (ITBP), just 4 km downstream from the dam, bridge connecting with Jadung Camp, Naga Bridge, Naga Camp, Border Road Organisation (BRO) bridge...

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Forecasting Tropical Cyclones

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.

Planning & Mitigation | VOL. 16, ISSUE 97

Seismological research and geosciences

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.

Disaster Events

Rains, Landslides ravage Uttarakhand again

With a total of 11 reported dead and over 17 people missing - feared dead, Uttarakhand is in the news again, for all the wrong reasons. Heavy torrential rains took Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh and Chamoli district by surprise on the 1st of July, which consequently led to rising of water levels near the Nandaprayag area. In Bastadi village in Pithoragarh, dozens of residents are trapped in debris as many houses have reportedly sunk. The torrential rain also led to landslides and blockage of roads specifically...