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Seismic Microzonation and Urban India

Recent earthquakes highlight the need for a risk reduction strategy, especially for urban centres. With expanding cities, risk to human lives, buildings and infrastructure also increases. Urban safety has thus gained importance in recent years.

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Oil Spill Remedies and Chennai

The Chennai Oil Spill which occurred nearly ten days ago has caused dreadful damage to the marine life in the region. Several sections of the sea water have blackened after the spill affecting oxygen supply to the aquatic species. Over a dozen dead Olive Ridley turtles washed ashore and so did oil smothered crabs. However, several newspapers reported that authorities denied the oil spill resulted in the death of the turtles. On January 28, two cargo ships namely M T BW Maple and M T Dawn, Kanchipuram...

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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...

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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...

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Should India gear up for cyclone Kyant? (Update)

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

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Uttarkashi district is under a constant landslide threat

Bhatwari block in Uttarakashi district of Uttarakhand is under an immediate landslide threat from a landslide dam. About 24 km from the India China border, this  dam  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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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...

Disaster Events # Forests | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Forest Fires in Uttarakhand

Forest fires in Uttarakhand are a result of warped policies since British times that wrested control of the forests from local communities, who in turn, set forests on fire to extract their revenge. Corrective measures to turn these communities from foes into friends can definitely help protect the unique Himalayan ecosystem.

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Devastating forest fires: wider public awareness and prompt measures pivotal

New Delhi, May 10 (G’nY News Service): Forest fires are emerging as the most recurring disaster in India especially in the hilly states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh. Wider public awareness, prompt measures necessary to prevent such accidents in future. Since the first fire incident in early February 2016, the forest fire in Uttarakhand has spread to 13 districts and 1500 villages of the state destroying nearly 3,000 acres of forest land. Forest stretches in districts of Rudraprayag, Pauri,...