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

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

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