Sudden release of water from dams worsened Kerala floods

The amicus curiae appointed by the Kerala High Court has filed a report stating that main cause behind 2018 Kerala floods was heavy rainfall but poor dam management aggravated the damage during floods. The Kerala HC had appointed an amicus curiae based on a public interest litigation filed by former bureaucrat E. Sreedharan. The amicus… Continue reading Sudden release of water from dams worsened Kerala floods

Miners: Meghalaya to move SC for end to op

Meghalaya Chief Minister has said that the State government will appeal to the Supreme Court to stop the operations to retrieve the bodies of miners. 15 miners have been trapped in an illegal rat hole mine located at Ksan near the Lytein River in East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya since December 13 2018. In January 2019,… Continue reading Miners: Meghalaya to move SC for end to op

Forest fires threatening Odisha’s flora and fauna

As per statistics generated by SNPP (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership) satellite, there has been an increase in forest fires in Odisha. The SNPP is a weather satellite operated by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), India defines forest fire as an unclosed and freely spreading fire… Continue reading Forest fires threatening Odisha’s flora and fauna

Kerala records 46% rainfall deficit in March

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has reported that overall rainfall deficiency in Kerala in March stands at 46%. Further, 8 districts in Kerala has been reeling under large rainfall deficiency. Kasaragod district has received no rainfall in March, while Paathanmthitta district recorded normal rainfall. Kollam is the only district to record 28% excess rainfall during the… Continue reading Kerala records 46% rainfall deficit in March

Sunstroke claims three lives in Kerala

Sunstroke, also known as heatstroke, has killed 3 people in Kerala. Early in March, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had forecast heat wave conditions in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema region in Andhra Pradesh. A heat wave is a period of abnormally high temperatures-more than the normal maximum temperature that occurs during… Continue reading Sunstroke claims three lives in Kerala

Cyclone Idai: India reaches out to Mozambique

The Indian Navy has had launched a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operation near Port Beira in Mozambique. Mozambique has been hit by widespread flooding and devastation after a tropical cyclone named Idai had made landfall near the port city of Beira. Mozambique is located in Southeast Africa. It is bordered by the Indian… Continue reading Cyclone Idai: India reaches out to Mozambique

58 dead as flash floods hit Indonesia’s Papua

A number of people have died in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province due to flash flood. The flash flood was triggered by torrential rain. In Indonesia, floods are common during the rainy season which extends from October to April. Flood is a rising and overflowing of a body of water especially onto normally dry land. Flash… Continue reading 58 dead as flash floods hit Indonesia’s Papua

Forest fire at Attappady peak dies down

A major forest fire that had broken out at two locations of Malleswara peak of Attappady Reserve Forest, Palakkad district, Kerala has subsided. The State government had sought the help of the Air Force to put out the fire at Attappadi, Agali and Bhavani forest ranges. Malleswara peak is the highest peak in the Attappadi… Continue reading Forest fire at Attappady peak dies down

International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure to begin tomorrow

The 2nd International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) will be inaugurated on 19th March 2019 in India. The workshop is organised by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and in partnership with the Global Commission on Adaptation, United Nations Development Programme and the World… Continue reading International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure to begin tomorrow

Himachal avalanche: search ends with recovery of two more bodies

The search and rescue operation for soldiers trapped by as snow avalanche in Kinnaur district Himachal Pradesh has been called off. Soldiers of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles were buried under the avalanche at Shipki La near the Sino-India border on February 20. Shipki La is a mountain pass and border post on the India-China border.… Continue reading Himachal avalanche: search ends with recovery of two more bodies