Archive for July 2013

Kedarnath Disaster: Facts And Plausible Causes

Jul 30th, 2013 | By
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Current Science: Recent climate changes have had significant impact on high-mountain glacial environment. Rapid melting of snow/ice and heavy rainfall has resulted in the formation and expansion of moraine-dammed lakes, creating a potential danger from dammed lake outburst floods1. On 16 and 17 June 2013, heavy rains together with moraine dammed lake (Chorabari Lake) burst

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Cultural And Social Exchange In Indian Mountains : SMD-III At Kohima, India

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN) – is a registered not-for-profit forum where the Naga civil society, academia, entrepreneurs, government and the media collectively discuss and work in facilitating the state towards a sustainable development pathway. The SDFN aims to facilitate dialogues, research and sustainable policy making in mind the state’s economy, environment and issues of

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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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The UNDP  United Nations Development Programme, says that early recovery is a multidimensional process of recovery that begins in a humanitarian setting.  It is an integrated and coordinated approach, using humanitarian mechanisms, to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. When a crisis strikes, UNDP works

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Melting of glaciers, rains responsible for natural disaster: Union ministry

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
Gaurikund After 17 June flood




Tribune: Melting of glaciers coupled with monsoon rains, triggering overflow of rivers, were responsible for the Uttarakhand tragedy, a top official of the Ministry of Earth Sciences said here today. “The flood was not only due to the rains but also because of the melting of snow. Rains came almost two weeks early in the state.

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Disaster Relief: Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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Climate Himalaya: In this article it is argued that Disaster Management practice in India need to change the old mindset of disaster relief, to include quick planning and actions, using verifiable space data and avoid delay causing detailed assessments in deciding any government run relief package. We need to be cautions against the current jargons such

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Worse Floods Ahead As Climate Warms

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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CNN: “Atmospheric rivers”, airborne corridors of concentrated moisture which carry huge volumes of water, are set to get wider and longer, causing more frequent and catastrophic floods as the atmosphere warms. Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the United Kingdom and the rest of north-west Europe as

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यह तबाही तो होनी ही थी…

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
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Nainital Samachar: लगभग 10 महीने पहले केदारनाथ से लौटते हुए रामबाड़ा की एक चाय की दुकान में बैठे हुए एक सिख सैनिक की बात आज बार-बार याद आ रही है। केदारनाथ में उन दिनों मन्दिर का प्रबन्ध देखने वाली पंजाब रेजीमेंट का वह सैनिक अपने किसी साथी को लेने के लिए रामबाड़ा पहुँचा था बहुत

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What Climate Change Means for Africa, Asia and the Coastal Poor

Jul 24th, 2013 | By
MDG : Disaster-induced dispacement worldwide in 2012




World Bank: A new climate report looks at likely impacts of present day, 2°C, and 4°C warming across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. It describes the risks to agriculture and livelihood security in Sub-Saharan Africa; the rise in sea-level, loss of coral reefs and devastation to coastal areas likely in South East

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The Last Drop

Jul 8th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): We were lucky enough to have grown up amidst the abundance of our natural resources. These were during the decades of ’50s to the ’70s. The rainforest then was pristine  while  most of the countrysides were unspoiled by man-made progress. Our  rivers teemed with fish as their waters flowed freely and

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Nepal Boosts Early Warning System For Climate Hazards

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
A local community on the Rapti River of west Nepal checks the depth of water in the river during training on early warning alerts. Photo: Practical Action




TRF: Floods and landslides have hit Nepal hard this monsoon season, bringing high casualties in just the first few weeks. More than 40 people were killed in 17 districts during the second half of June, mainly in the hills of the mid-west and far-west regions, according to the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), the country’s

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What They Said: India’s Monsoon Disaster

Jul 7th, 2013 | By
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WSJ: A roundup of what the Indian media said after flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month. After flash floods and landslides killed at least 800 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month, disaster management authorities are planning to halt rescue

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Q+A: The Impact Of The Deadly Floods In India’s Himalayas

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
Gaurikund After 17 June flood




TR: Devastating floods have killed hundreds of people in India’s Himalayan region of Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands in need of aid and rehabilitation. The disaster, which was triggered by heavy pre-monsoon rains on June 15 and 16, has been dubbed a “Himalayan Tsunami” by local media due to the torrent of water that

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Uttarakhand: Warning Bells On Deaf Ears

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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HT: The Himalayas are sick and will die unless there is massive forestation and a moratorium of at least ten years on tree felling. And if they die, the country will surely die in a chain of natural disasters.” Hindustan Times, 1977 Although written over 35 years ago, the warning sounds eerily relevant. A deadly

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Pakistan Close To Being ‘Water Scarce’ Country, Says Asian Bank

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
Flood Pakistan-centre dome




The News: Pakistan is on the verge of being classified as a “water scarce” country, the Asian Development Bank has warned in a report. Pakistan, which has failed to construct any major water reservoir for the last over 40 years besides facing Indian aggression on the water front, is said to have the storage capacity

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Uttarakhand Disaster: National Green Tribunal Issues Notice To State Govt

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
Rescue between Kedarnath and Guptakashi




The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a show-cause notice to the Uttarakhand government, Union environment ministry, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) calling for data and information to justify construction and development activity in the hill state. Unchecked and unplanned construction is seen to have worsened the disaster caused by

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India Seeks World Bank, ADB Help To Rebuild After Killer Floods

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
Collapse at Gaurikund




TRF: India has asked the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank for financial assistance to help rebuild roads and bridges after flash floods and landslides devastated its northern Himalayan region, a government statement said. Heavy monsoon rains caused rivers and lakes in the state of Uttarkhand to burst their banks more than two weeks ago,

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Report Says Recent Extremes Of Climate, Temperatures Unprecedented

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
The Chorabari lake before, flood




UPI: Climate extremes experienced in the decade 2001-2010 were unprecedented, the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says in a report. More national temperature records were reported broken around the world than in any previous decades, the report said, and there was an increase in deaths from heatwaves, particularly pronounced during the extreme summers in

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Uttarakhand Disaster-Uncertain Future Awaits

Jul 3rd, 2013 | By
Gaurikund on the way to Kedarnath after flood




In last few days the Climate Himalaya’s team has been visiting the affected areas, meeting the people, understanding the situation and knowing that how the affected are going to cope in future. We have also been interacting with officials and researchers, to understand the causes and plans for future. A Warning 18 Years Ago Kedarnath

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