Can a Single Lightning Flash kill 18 Elephants?

What is the News? Recently, 18 elephants died on a hilltop in Assam. The preliminary post-mortem report indicates they had been struck by lightning. Process of formation of lightning During a storm or rain, particles of rain, ice, or snow inside storm clouds collide with each other. It creates a negative charge in the lower… Continue reading Can a Single Lightning Flash kill 18 Elephants?

Reasons and Solutions for disaster management in Uttarakhand

Synopsis: There are various reasons for Disasters in Uttarakhand. It can be prevented by taking some long-term measures. Background: The glacier burst in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand caused the flash floods. It led to the death of 34 people with more than 170 people missing. Apart from that, it also caused destruction to public… Continue reading Reasons and Solutions for disaster management in Uttarakhand

Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Project

What is the News? The rescue operations are still undergoing in Uttarakhand from a Tapovam tunnel located at the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydro project.  Facts: Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Plant is a 520 MW run-of-river hydroelectric project(See image). It was constructed by National Thermal Power Corporation Limited(NTPC) on Dhauliganga River in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. The power plant… Continue reading Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Project

Landslip likely triggered Flash Flood: experts

What is the News? According to glaciologists and experts, the cause of flash floods in Uttarakhand Chamoli district was most probably a landslip(Landslide) and not a glacial lake burst. Why are experts calling it a Landslide and not a glacial lake burst? The glacial lake outburst flood(GLOF) occurs when a natural lake, formed from a… Continue reading Landslip likely triggered Flash Flood: experts

What are the “NDMA guidelines for GLOFs related disasters”

What is the News? NDMA has issued guidelines to reduce disasters related to Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs). Recently GLOF is suspected to have caused the flash floods in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli. What are Glacial Lake Outburst Floods(GLOFs)? It refers to the flooding that occurs when the water dammed by a glacier or a moraine is… Continue reading What are the “NDMA guidelines for GLOFs related disasters”

Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in Uttarakhand -Explained

Recently a glacial burst has occurred in Nanda Devi glacier in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. 19 bodies have been recovered so far and over 150 persons went missing in the glacial outburst. Many geologists issued warnings that these types of climate-related disasters are going to increase. They all pointed out global warming as a major contributing… Continue reading Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in Uttarakhand -Explained

Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF)

What is the News? Parts of Uttarakhand witnessed massive flooding due to Glacial Lake outburst.  What is Glacial Lake Outburst Floods(GLOF)? It is a type of outburst flood. It occurs when water dammed by a glacier is released. In other words, it’s an outburst that happens when a dam containing a glacial lake fails. Note:… Continue reading Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF)

Why lightning kills so many Indians?

News: According to a report, Lightning strikes have caused 1,771 deaths between April 1,2019 and March 31,2020 in India. Facts: The report has been prepared by Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council(CROPC), a non-profit organisation that works with India Meteorological Department(IMD), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology(IITM), India Meteorological Society(IMS) and World Vision India to disseminate… Continue reading Why lightning kills so many Indians?