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

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

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

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

Big cities need to upgrade water run-off systems

Source: TOI Relevance: Fighting the recurring issue of urban flooding Synopsis: Upgradation of storm water drain designs and making storm water drain management a part of smart cities mission is required to fight the problem of urban flooding. Background Every monsoon after a few hours of rainfall our metros are inundated. This annual urban horror… Continue reading Big cities need to upgrade water run-off systems