Unseal And Pause- NDMA finding that Joshimath has overshot carrying capacity was expected

Source: The post is based on the article “Unseal And Pause- NDMA finding that Joshimath has overshot carrying capacity was expected. There’s a huge lesson here” published in “Times of India” on 26th September 2023. Syllabus: GS3- disaster management News: This article discusses the overdevelopment in Joshimath, a town in Uttarakhand, raising concerns about land… Continue reading Unseal And Pause- NDMA finding that Joshimath has overshot carrying capacity was expected

Protecting floodplains is the need of the hour

Source: The post is based on the article “Protecting floodplains is the need of the hour” published in “The Hindu” on 14th September 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Disaster and disaster management News: The author discusses the increasing problem of floods in India due to climate change and poor land management. Many areas are being constructed upon,… Continue reading Protecting floodplains is the need of the hour

Why the earthquake in Morocco has caused so much damage

Source: This post is created based on the article ‘Why the earthquake in Morocco has caused so much damage’, published in Indian Express on 12th September 2023. Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 – Disaster Management News: Morocco has been hit by its most powerful earthquake. It has resulted in casualties of more than 2500 people.… Continue reading Why the earthquake in Morocco has caused so much damage

Redouble efforts to reduce disaster risks

Source: The post is based on the article “Redouble efforts to reduce disaster risks” published in “The Hindu” on 11th September 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Disaster and disaster management News: The world faces increased disasters like floods, wildfires, and extreme weather due to climate change. Vulnerable countries suffer most, yet they contribute least to the problem.… Continue reading Redouble efforts to reduce disaster risks

Are natural disasters man-made?

Source: The post is based on the article “Are natural disasters man-made?” published in “The Hindu” on 1st September 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Disaster and disaster management. News: The article discusses how human activities, poor urban planning, and climate change contribute to increasing natural disasters in India and highlights the need for sustainable development and better… Continue reading Are natural disasters man-made?

Financing cities: G20 infrastructure agenda

Source: The post is based on the article “Financing cities: G20 infrastructure agenda” published in Business Standard on 1st September 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster Management, Infrastructure Relevance: measures needed to build inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities News: Indian cities are important for economic growth. Sustainability, inclusivity, and resilience should be the central focus in city… Continue reading Financing cities: G20 infrastructure agenda

Building resilience against landslides

Source– The post is based on the article “Building resilience against landslides” published in “The Indian Express” on 23rd August 2023. Syllabus: GS1- Geography. GS3- Disasters Relevance: Space exploration News– The deaths and destruction by landslides in Himachal Pradesh last week have led to much-needed attention on the Himalayan ecosystem. What are the reasons behind… Continue reading Building resilience against landslides

Pilot fatigue in India, a wake-up call for airlines

Source– The post is based on the article “Pilot fatigue in India, a wake-up call for airlines” published in “The Hindu” on 21st August 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster management Relevance: Issues related to aircraft accidents News– In the past weeks, there have been reports of some Indian pilots who passed away due to… Continue reading Pilot fatigue in India, a wake-up call for airlines

Message from the mountains – Himachal, Uttarakhand must check construction projects

Source: The post is based on the article “Message from the mountains – Himachal, Uttarakhand must check construction projects” published in Business Standard on 18th August 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster Management Relevance: reasons behind natural calamities in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand News: The recent death in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand due to natural calamities have… Continue reading Message from the mountains – Himachal, Uttarakhand must check construction projects

Disaster in the Himalayas: No one likes to say that tourism brings trouble

Source– The post is based on the article “Disaster in the Himalayas: No one likes to say that tourism brings trouble” published in “The Indian Express” on 16th August 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Disaster Management News– Article discusses the effects of infrastructure developments for tourism industry on Himalayas. What is the recent development in Amsterdam that… Continue reading Disaster in the Himalayas: No one likes to say that tourism brings trouble

Express View on Himachal Pradesh tragedy: A slippery slope

Source– The post is based on the article “Express View on Himachal Pradesh tragedy: A slippery slope” published in “The Indian Express” on 16th August 2023. Syllabus: GS1- Changes to Geographical phenomenon, GS3- Disaster Management News– recently cloudbursts and landslides in Himachal Pradesh claimed the lives of 50 people. What are the reasons behind the… Continue reading Express View on Himachal Pradesh tragedy: A slippery slope

Feroze Varun Gandhi on cities’ flooding: Perils of unplanned urbanisation

Source– The post is based on the article “Feroze Varun Gandhi on cities’ flooding: Perils of unplanned urbanisation” published in “The Indian Express” on 31st July 2023. Syllabus: GS1- Urbanisation. GS3- Disaster management Relevance: Issues related to flooding in cities News – In the past few weeks, three major cities — Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai —… Continue reading Feroze Varun Gandhi on cities’ flooding: Perils of unplanned urbanisation

Himachal floods: a man-made disaster?

Source– The post is based on the article “Himachal floods: a man-made disaster?” published in “The Hindu” on 26th July 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Disaster management. GS1- Geography Relevance: Floods in mountains News- Flash floods during this year’s monsoon season have caused unprecedented damage to both lives and assets in Himachal Pradesh. How climate change is… Continue reading Himachal floods: a man-made disaster?

A big step in reducing the risk of disasters

Source: The post is based on the article “A big step in reducing the risk of disasters” published in “The Hindu” on 25th July 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster and disaster management. News: The author discusses how recent disasters show the need for more action on climate change. India has started a G20 group… Continue reading A big step in reducing the risk of disasters

Managing the rivers

Source– The post is based on the article “Managing the rivers” published in “The Hindu” on 24th July 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Disaster management Relevance: Issues related to flooding in cities News- Recently, there was flooding in Delhi. The decision to release 350,000 cusecs of water after heavy rain further north seems to have caused the… Continue reading Managing the rivers

Man-made floods of the Yamuna call for ecosystem-led solutions

Source: The post is based on the article “Man-made floods of the Yamuna call for ecosystem-led solutions” published in Live Mint on 21st July 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster Management Relevance: measures needed to control flash floods in Delhi. News: The article explains the reasons behind the floods in Delhi and provides measures to prevent them. How are… Continue reading Man-made floods of the Yamuna call for ecosystem-led solutions

Cities, climate change and urban flooding

Source: The post is based on the article “Cities, climate change and urban flooding” published in Business standard on 20th July 2023. Syllabus: GS 3- Disaster and disaster management. News: The author discusses the challenges urban areas face due to climate change, such as flooding and infrastructure damage, emphasizing the need for improved urban planning,… Continue reading Cities, climate change and urban flooding

Monsoon havoc in India: How floods can be a valuable resource

Source– The post is based on the article “Monsoon havoc in India: How floods can be a valuable resource” published in “The Indian Express” on 13th July 2023. Syllabus: GS3 – Disaster Management Relevance: Flood Management News- The monsoon arrived in Mumbai and New Delhi and heavy rainfall immediately followed, causing flooding in many parts… Continue reading Monsoon havoc in India: How floods can be a valuable resource

Flood feud

Source– The post is based on the article “Flood feud” published in “The Hindu” on 17th July 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Disaster Management Relevance: Flood Management News- The article emphasis that States must coordinate to evolve a joint strategy to combat floods. What is the present flood situation across the country? Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and… Continue reading Flood feud

A water crisis In slow motion

Source: The post is based on the article “A water crisis In slow motion” published in “ Business standard” on 15th July 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster management News: In this article, the author discusses the growing problem of urban water management in India, highlighting issues like rapid urbanization, deteriorating infrastructure, and loss of… Continue reading A water crisis In slow motion

How to prevent disruptions by flood and extreme weather events

Source– The post is based on the article “How to prevent disruptions by flood and extreme weather events” published in “The Indian Express” on 15th July 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster management News-. North-western India and Delhi are facing floods. Why is there a need for focussed attention on extreme weather events? Global warming… Continue reading How to prevent disruptions by flood and extreme weather events

Needed: Alert systems for the growing threat of humid heat

Source: The post is based on an article “Needed: Alert systems for the growing threat of humid heat” published in Live Mint on 13th July 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster Management Relevance: concerns over rising heat related deaths News: June was the Earth’s hottest month ever recorded. This has raised concerns over rising heat and its implications.… Continue reading Needed: Alert systems for the growing threat of humid heat

Extreme rainfall events and urban floods: Explained, pointwise

For 7 PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction Recently, heavy rainfall in parts of North India led to extensive flooding, impacting major cities such as Delhi, Gurugram, Patiala, Ludhiana and Jalandhar. Urban floods have now become a widespread occurrence across the nation, affecting numerous mega and metropolitan cities in India on an almost annual basis. While climate… Continue reading Extreme rainfall events and urban floods: Explained, pointwise

Floods in India

Source– The post is based on the article “Express view on monsoon-battered India: Weathering it out” published in “The Indian Express” and “Fury of floods” published in the “Business Standard” on 12th July 2023. Syllabus: GS3- Disaster management News- The article explains the issue of increasing flooding events in India in recent years. How rainfall… Continue reading Floods in India

Express view on extreme weather: Heat is on

Source: The post is based on the article “Express view on extreme weather: Heat is on” published in Indian Express on 10th July 2023. Syllabus: GS 3- Environment (Climate change) News: Last week saw global average daily temperatures in a range never seen before. Last Monday, it reached above 17 degrees Celsius. This was the… Continue reading Express view on extreme weather: Heat is on

Flood control – Coherent policy needed to address recurring floods

Source: The post is based on the article “Flood control – Coherent policy needed to address recurring floods” published in Business Standard on 28th June 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster Management Relevance: concerns with increasing floods and measures needed to address them. News: There has been a significant increase in the incidence of floods due to… Continue reading Flood control – Coherent policy needed to address recurring floods

Invest ahead of time. After a Caribbean cyclone an automatic payment is sent to scuba divers to immediately repair the reef

Source: The post is based on the article “Invest ahead of time. After a Caribbean cyclone an automatic payment is sent to scuba divers to immediately repair the reef” published in The Times of India on 27th June 2023. Syllabus: GS 3 – Disaster Management Relevance: About the role of CDRI and G20 in tackling disaster related… Continue reading Invest ahead of time. After a Caribbean cyclone an automatic payment is sent to scuba divers to immediately repair the reef

Cyclone disaster management in India: progress and challenges – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction Cyclone disaster management in India has seen significant progress in recent years, marked by improved early warning systems, enhanced preparedness measures, and strengthened response capabilities. However, challenges persist as the country continues to face the onslaught of cyclones, as exemplified by Cyclone Biparjoy. While India has made commendable strides in… Continue reading Cyclone disaster management in India: progress and challenges – Explained, pointwise

Neurotoxic gas leaks and remedies – Explained, pointwise 

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction The Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984 should have served as a powerful wake-up call to prioritize safety measures and prevent any Neurotoxic gas leak incident from happening again. However, India continues to face challenges related to neurotoxic gas leaks, as evidenced by recent events such as the toxic gas leak… Continue reading Neurotoxic gas leaks and remedies – Explained, pointwise 

Heat strokes in India: Reasons and Impacts – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction In India, heat strokes in India are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change. Recently, thirteen people have died from an apparent heatstroke while attending a government award function in an open space in Navi Mumbai. This is possibly the biggest-ever heatwave-related death toll from a single event… Continue reading Heat strokes in India: Reasons and Impacts – Explained, pointwise

Winter Heatwaves – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction In March of last year (2022), meteorologists in India issued the first heat wave warning of the year. They were anticipating an exceptionally early summer with some of India’s highest temperatures ever recorded. But, this year, India Meteorological Agency issued the year’s first heat wave advisory in February. It stated… Continue reading Winter Heatwaves – Explained, pointwise

Joshimath Crisis: Causes and Solutions – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction The town of Joshimath in Uttarakhand is witnessing an unprecedented crisis. Wide Cracks have appeared on the roads and on hundreds of residential and commercial buildings in the town. Many structures have been declared unsafe, and the residents have been asked to vacate them. The Authorities have declared Joshimath as… Continue reading Joshimath Crisis: Causes and Solutions – Explained, pointwise

Crowd Disasters and NDMA Guidelines – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction A series of crowd disaster incidents have led to deaths of more than 400 people recently. On October 01, 2022, a human crush occurred in a football stadium in East Java, Indonesia that killed 135 people. On October 29, 2022, a crowd crush occurred during Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea that… Continue reading Crowd Disasters and NDMA Guidelines – Explained, pointwise

Did poor government handling in Kerala cause 2018 floods? Yes, says CAG

What is the news? A recent report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointed out at the lapses in Kerala governments planning, capacity building, flood forecasting and dam management during 2018 state floods. What are the key findings of the report? Bureaucratic issues– The flood plains of Kerala had not been identified and… Continue reading Did poor government handling in Kerala cause 2018 floods? Yes, says CAG

Rajya Sabha Passes The Landmark ‘Dam Safety Bill (2019)’

What is the News? Rajya Sabha has passed the landmark Dam Safety Bill (2019) paving the way for the enactment of the Dam Safety Act in the country. What is the need for the Dam Safety Bill? India is the 3rd largest dam-owning nation in the world after China and USA. There are around 5,700… Continue reading Rajya Sabha Passes The Landmark ‘Dam Safety Bill (2019)’

Nairobi Declaration set to fast track disaster risk reduction work

What is the news? The Nairobi Declaration was adopted by African nations in November. It underlined the need to deliver commitments on the Programme of Action (PoA) for implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa. About the Nairobi Declaration The declaration was adopted at the Eighth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction that took place… Continue reading Nairobi Declaration set to fast track disaster risk reduction work

Climate disasters displace more people than conflicts now

What is the News? The “World Migration Report 2022” has been published. More about the report: It is a biennial report published by the “International Organization for Migration” (IOM) of the UN. The report quoted the regular data collation by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The 2022 report on global migration focuses on migration… Continue reading Climate disasters displace more people than conflicts now

What Chennai (and India) must do to prevent urban flooding

News: The ongoing spell of heavy rain in Chennai has again exposed its vulnerabilities. This shows that the city has not learnt any lessons from 2015. Must Read: Season of floods: On TN’s long-term solutions to avoid monsoon woes What are the reasons behind floods in Urban areas? 1. Density of population, 2. Underdeveloped infrastructure,… Continue reading What Chennai (and India) must do to prevent urban flooding

Season of floods: On TN’s long-term solutions to avoid monsoon woes

News: The ongoing spell of heavy rain in Chennai has again exposed its vulnerabilities. It has also raised questions about the Government’s preparedness to deal with the problem of inundation (flooding). Why the problem of flooding is persistent in cities? The crux of the problem is the issue of drainage. The reasons that are responsible… Continue reading Season of floods: On TN’s long-term solutions to avoid monsoon woes

Burning problem: Fast urbanising India can’t be cavalier on safety & have pathetic fire-fighting infrastructure

News: There is a need to adopt various mechanisms to control fire incidents. There are many loose ends in ensuring the fire safety standards. In 2019 alone, India recorded 10,915 deaths due to fire accidents. Recently, a fire broke out in a hospital in Maharashtra, which led to the loss of 11 lives. Where do… Continue reading Burning problem: Fast urbanising India can’t be cavalier on safety & have pathetic fire-fighting infrastructure

Uttarakhand Floods: Respect Himalayan landscape if you want to preserve it, say experts

Synopsis: To save biodiversity-rich places the governments of Uttarakhand and the entire Himalayan region must preserve their forests and reflect on their infrastructure model. Introduction The latest floods in Uttarakhand caused terrible damage to life and property are a warning about the climate tragedy that is building up in the Himalayas. If the mountain range’s rich… Continue reading Uttarakhand Floods: Respect Himalayan landscape if you want to preserve it, say experts

Cat to the rescue: Govts, insurers must issue catastrophe bonds for citizens’ financial protection from weather events

Synopsis: With India prone to disaster activities, there is a need to launch the cat bonds or catastrophe bonds. Introduction Climate change has an adverse impact on the nature and environment. It led to a lot of devastating activities like floods, fire etc. India is also facing the brunt of these activities. National Disaster Management Authority… Continue reading Cat to the rescue: Govts, insurers must issue catastrophe bonds for citizens’ financial protection from weather events

By 2030, early warnings on floods and droughts to be available for all: WMO

Source: This post is based on the article “By 2030, early warnings on floods and droughts to be available for all: WMO” published in “Down to Earth” on 20th October 2021. What is the news? At the ongoing World Meteorological Congress, World Meteorological Congress has endorsed the ‘Water Declaration’, wherein early warnings about floods and… Continue reading By 2030, early warnings on floods and droughts to be available for all: WMO

Has Kerala learnt anything from extreme weather? Apparently not, say experts

Synopsis: The issue of flash floods seen in Kerala, reasons associated and the remedies needed. Introduction The recent Kerala floods took life of more than 25 people, triggered by heavy rains in the south-west tip of the Indian peninsula. However, this is not something new for Kerala. Some 483 people were killed in the August… Continue reading Has Kerala learnt anything from extreme weather? Apparently not, say experts

NGRI proposes landslip, flood warning system 

What is the news?  The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research -National Geophysical Research Institute (CSIR-NGRI) has launched an ‘Environmental Seismology’ group to develop a ‘Landslide and Flood Early Warning System’ for the Himalayan region.   It is based on real-time monitoring with dense seismological networks, coupled with satellite data, numerical modelling and geomorphic analysis.  What is the purpose of this early… Continue reading NGRI proposes landslip, flood warning system 

Water water everywhere and we must stop to think

Synopsis: Floods have begun to affect an increasing area of India with rising intensity and frequency. Urban infrastructure is under severe pressure, and it’s unclear if we are prepared for worse. Introduction Incidents of floods in urban areas have been increasing year after year in India. Rainy season flooding in metro cities like Mumbai and… Continue reading Water water everywhere and we must stop to think

Flood management that cannot be watered down 

Synopsis: Various issues regarding Indo-Nepal Flood management system and the way forward. Introduction  Many of Bihar’s districts faces serious challenges with recurrent and massive flooding. This year also, they faced double problem of flooding and the novel coronavirus pandemic.   Some of Nepal’s biggest river systems originate in the Himalayan glaciers which then flow into India through Bihar. During… Continue reading Flood management that cannot be watered down 

Urbanisation to blame for Chennai’s flood woes, integrated system need of the hour: Report

What is the news? If timely measures to put in place a flood management system are not taken, Chennai could see a rerun of 2015 floods, says Tamil Nadu government. The state additional chief secretary had filed the report on the action taken by the government with regard to measures to prevent recurrence of flooding.… Continue reading Urbanisation to blame for Chennai’s flood woes, integrated system need of the hour: Report

Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, here’s how?

Synopsis: As per a research study, wildlife burn scars due to wildfires can increase thunderstorms. It increases the risk both of flooding and of lightning in the region. Introduction Wildfires burn millions of acres of land every year. It leaves behind Wildfire burn scars on the land with little vegetation and a darker soil surface,… Continue reading Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, here’s how?

Three new heatwave hotspots in India put large population at immediate health risk

What is the News? A team of researchers conducted a study to understand the change in spatial and temporal trends in Heatwaves(HW) and Severe Heat Waves(SHW) over the past seven decades in different meteorological subdivisions of India. What is Heatwave? A Heat Wave is a period of abnormally high temperatures, more than the normal maximum… Continue reading Three new heatwave hotspots in India put large population at immediate health risk

Blog
Academy
Community