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Aarti Kelkar - Khambete
Scarcity amidst plenty: Kerala's drinking water paradox
Kerala is blessed with high rainfall as well as plenty of natural water sources, but it has the lowest per capita share of freshwater resources in the country.
Posted on 14 Nov, 2015 02:48 PM

Kerala, flanked on the west by the Arabian Sea and on the east by the Western Ghats is bestowed with enviable natural resources. It has 44 rivers spanning its lush green landscape and rainfall that averages as high as 3000 mm a year.

The Karamana river in Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala (Source: India Water Portal)
Dengue blurs the line between rich and poor
Although dengue has been around in India in for over two centuries, the pattern of the disease has changed remarkably over the last two decades.
Posted on 05 Oct, 2015 02:23 PM

Shantabai, a domestic worker in a number of buildings in Pune says, "See didi, nowadays you can find dengue-causing mosquitoes even in posh buildings but people there do not allow Corporation workers to come and spray inside. Even Bollywood actors are being told to take care".

The dengue-causing Aedes aegypti mosquito (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Parched lips, barren lands and the scramble for water in Maharashtra
What are the factors that have caused the Marathwada region to be known as the 'suicide capital for farmers'? More importantly, do farmers here have some respite before the monsoon disappears?
Posted on 13 Sep, 2015 07:44 AM

Rainfall map of India (Source: IMD)

Staring at drought (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Half of India's interstate rivers plagued by pollution and poor water quality
While the Central Pollution Control Board's recent study highlights the problems with rivers today, it does not have clear cut recommendations or actions to resolve them.
Posted on 23 Aug, 2015 03:42 PM

According to a recent study by the Central Pollution and Control Board (CPCB), almost half of India's

The Krishna river, Wai, Maharashtra
The poop scoop: Diarrhoea data in graphs
The coverage of 'safe drinking water' in India increased from 62.3 percent in 1991 to 94 percent in 2011 but why has the incidence of diarhoeal diseases not reduced?
Posted on 04 Jul, 2015 04:22 PM

Lack of access to safe drinking water coupled with poor sanitation often causes water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea. Come monsoons, and the situation worsens due to increased flooding and sewage mixing with drinking water sources. Diarrhoea is one of the

There is a link between the quality of toilets and incidence of diarrhoeal diseases.
Water, through an artist's lens
Photographer Arjun Swaminathan speaks to India Water Portal about his journey so far, which includes filming water stories.
Posted on 30 Mar, 2015 08:36 AM

How did your interest in filming water stories come about? Is there any particular issue on water that has interested you? What has guided your selection?

Search for water (Source: Arjun Swaminathan)
Budget 2015-16 likely to have huge cuts in social sector
Policy matters this fortnight
Posted on 16 Dec, 2014 12:27 PM

Social sector likely to get less funds in Union Budget 2015-16

MNREGA workers building check dam in Gujarat
Hydropower projects aggravated the Uttarakhand disaster
News this fortnight
Posted on 16 Dec, 2014 12:08 PM

Government admits that hydropower projects aggravated the Uttarakhand disaster

House washed away in Uttarakhand floods
White, Green and now a ‘Blue Revolution’!
Policy matters this week
Posted on 10 Nov, 2014 10:35 PM

India plans to launch the 'Blue Revolution' to boost fish production

Traditional fisheries in India
Kerala's Ashtamudi lake certified by Marine Stewardship Council
News this week
Posted on 10 Nov, 2014 10:09 PM

Kerala's Ashtamudi lake recognised for sustainable clam fishing

Mussel farm in Ashtamudi lake (Source: Fotokannan)