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