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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Should India gear up for cyclone Kyant? (Update)

Update: October 27, 2016 The deep depression over west central Bay of Bengal moved further west-southwestwards in past 6 hours with speed 17 kmph. At about 12 ‘oclock on October 27, 2016 the cyclone lay over west central Bay of Bengal, near latitude 15.7o N and longitude 85.5o  E about 320 km southeast of Vishakhapatnam and 460 km […]

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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 […]

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Forest Fires in Uttarakhand

The Himalayan mountain system is one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world due to its inherent tectonic and geological characteristics (Valdiya, 1983). It is a rich storehouse of biodiversity ranging from tropical/subtropical evergreen, subtropical chir pine and broad leaf temperate forests, along with conifer to subalpine and alpine meadows. Frequent forest fires have […]

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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 […]

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