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  • Yamuna river pollution: NMCG approves projects worth Rs 1,573 crore With an aim to curb pollution in the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 10 projects worth Rs 1573.28 crore. A major part of the funds has bee...
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  • Mazhapolima wins accolades for offering sustainable solution to overcome water scarcity The community-based government programme, Mazhapolima in Thrissur district in Kerala has received the Danish Water Air Food Award 2018 for offering a sustainable solution to overcome water scarcity. The pro...
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  • Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 percent in the past four decades: WWF As per the 2018 Living Planet Report prepared by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 percent in the past four decades due to accelerating pollution, deforestation, c...
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  • Human activities are taking a heavy toll on country's resilience to drought According to a recent study by the Indian Institute of Technology, Indore (IITI), out of the 634 districts in the country, only 241, that is 38 percent of the districts, are resilient to drought or dry conditions. The ...
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  • The Kerala flood of 2018 was 30 percent less intense than that of 1924 deluge, the biggest in Kerala’s history. Yet it caused a huge loss of lives, property and infrastructure. Swollen rivers ruptured their banks and floodwaters gushed through houses built on the floodplains. One reason for the un...
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  • Every time there is a huge flood in India with massive loss of lives and extensive physical damage, there is a hue and cry. Especially, if this takes place in an area not normally prone to such floods. Assam and Bihar, for instance, are regularly laid waste by floods and so, there is not much agitat...
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  • In Kerala, there was a devastating flood in the month of August. For a week or so it rained incessantly in the Western Ghats and on the plains. All the rivers were in spate. There were too many landslides on the hilly regions and the plains were under water for a week or so. When the flood waters fi...
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  • More than 1000 people dead in three months in India due to heavy rains According to the National Emergency Response Centre, since May 28, 1400 people have died in India from rain and flood-related incidents. With the highest number of fatalities, Kerala floods accounted for 488 deaths due to drowni...
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  • Kerala blames Tamil Nadu for massive floods in the state Entering into a legal battle, the Kerala government has told the Supreme Court that the reason behind the deluge in the state was the sudden release of Mullaperiyar dam water by Tamil Nadu. As per Kerala, it had requested Tamil Nadu to gradua...
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  • When the five overflow gates of the Cheruthoni dam, a part of the Idukki reservoir comprising Cheruthoni, Kulamavu and Idukki arch dam were opened one by one on August 9, 2018, a torrent of water and mud gushed out. Heavy, unceasing rains had led to the dam reaching close to its maximum capacity, fo...
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  • Kerala floods: Death toll rises to 373 The floods in Kerala have taken away nearly 400 lives and have displaced around 1.2 million people. The Centre has classified the flood fury as a calamity of severe nature even though the state had pitched it as a national disaster. Reviewing the flo...
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  • Kerala floods take 38 lives, severe loss reported On August 9, gates of Idukki Dam, an arch dam located across the Periyar river, were opened due to incessant rainfall in the region. The opening of the dam gates has caused heavy floods in the state claiming nearly 38 lives. At least 30,000 people s...
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  • Sir, My neighbour has dug an open well in their property. They found a rock after digging 7 meters deep and they have been blasting near the side of the well three or four times, without our permission. We also tried to stop them. Could you please suggest suitable methods for removing the rock and ...
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  • The scenic sublimity of the Meenachil river is immortalised by Arundhati Roy in her Booker prize-winning novel, The God of Small Things. Roy skilfully presents the river flowing through the Aymanam village as a victim of human greed and callousness. The river is described in the ...
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  • India has the highest number of people without access to toilets: Report According to a report by WaterAid, the number of people having no access to a toilet in India is around 732 million which include 355 million women and girls. Despite the ongoing Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched in...
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  • Latha, well known environmental activist and researcher from Kerala, is no more with us physically. Though many of us knew that she was battling with cancer for the last 3-4 years, closely following her ups and downs and also knowing that over the last two weeks or so her health was steadily deterio...
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  • States freeze payments to MGNREGA workers As per the official data, 19 states have frozen payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, a network of grassroots organisations, has informed that over 92 million active workers may not ...
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  • Study says 40 percent of NCR's water bodies lost to urbanisation in 42 years As per a study conducted by IIT Delhi, nearly 40 percent of water bodies in the national capital region (NCR) has disappeared between 1972 and 2014 due to rapid urbanisation. The study also revealed that due...
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  • Niti Aayog proposes 300-metre high dam in Arunachal Pradesh Niti Aayog has proposed the biggest ever hydropower project in the country in Arunachal Pradesh. The project, proposed on Siang river, Brahmaputra's main tributary, is estimated to be a 300-metre-high dam with power generation capacity of ...
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  • NGT concerned about overexploited status of Delhi's groundwater Concerned about the overexploited state of the groundwater in the city, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and the local authorities to come up with a prop...
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Mazhapolima wins accolades for offering sustainable solution to overcome water scarcity

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Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 percent in the past four decades: WWF

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Human activities are taking a heavy toll on country's resilience to drought

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Damage to floodplains harms the riverine ecosystem, lessens groundwater recharge capacity and poses threats of flash floods. Enforcement of floodplain zoning regulation is a must to avert floods.

The Kerala flood of 2018 was 30 percent less intense than that of 1924 deluge, the biggest in Kerala’s history. Yet it caused a huge loss of lives, property and infrastructure. Swollen rivers ruptured their banks and floodwaters gushed through houses built on the floodplains. One reason for the unprecedented flood of such magnitude is unplanned construction and encroachment on riverbeds that have reduced the capacity of rivers to carry flood waters.

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The reason behind Kerala floods is a lot more than what the CWC wants us to believe.

Every time there is a huge flood in India with massive loss of lives and extensive physical damage, there is a hue and cry. Especially, if this takes place in an area not normally prone to such floods. Assam and Bihar, for instance, are regularly laid waste by floods and so, there is not much agitation over that anymore.

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In Kerala, there was a devastating flood in the month of August. For a week or so it rained incessantly in the Western Ghats and on the plains. All the rivers were in spate. There were too many landslides on the hilly regions and the plains were under water for a week or so. When the flood waters finally receded and the region gained normalcy, a strange phenomenon was observed. The riverbed in many places have become sand dunes and the wells have become dry or the water table went down.

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More than 1000 people dead in three months in India due to heavy rains

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Kerala blames Tamil Nadu for massive floods in the state

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As Kerala comes to grips with the worst floods in its recent history, here’s a look at what led to the calamity and what can be done to avoid it in the future.

When the five overflow gates of the Cheruthoni dam, a part of the Idukki reservoir comprising Cheruthoni, Kulamavu and Idukki arch dam were opened one by one on August 9, 2018, a torrent of water and mud gushed out. Heavy, unceasing rains had led to the dam reaching close to its maximum capacity, forcing the dam authorities to open all its gates.

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