Advance Warning System for Uttarakhand

The extreme rainfall, floods and landslides that occurred in Uttarakhand during 16-18 June 2013 has caused unprecedented deaths and destruction of property. People have asked if we could have avoided the tragedy through an advanced warning system and enforcement of building laws. The phenomenon of extreme rainfall and floods occur all over the world but […]

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The Alaknanda Disaster: A result of ‘river space’ incursion

The Alaknanda disaster in Uttarakhand in northern India during 15-16 June 2013 is one of the worst human tragedies in recent history. The impact of this event has reminded us once more of the increased and undesirable human interventions on the natural systems. The trigger for this event was an unusual natural process–cloud burst at […]

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