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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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