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  • Floods are an annual phenomenon in Assam. They are as integral to the state as the Brahmaputra River is, and each monsoon, we are reminded that Assam exists (or is drowning). As I write this piece, Assam is slowly recovering from the first wave of flood this monsoon. For several weeks, the entire st...
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  • India witnesses 22 percent deficient pre-monsoon rainfall this year: IMD The India Meteorological Department (IMD) data has recorded 75.9 millimetres of rainfall from March 1 to May 15 which is 22 percent deficient from the normal rainfall. Moreover, out of the four meteorological divisions of the ...
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  • The Siang River is a transboundary river which flows in Tibetan plateau, China in the name of Yarlung Psangpo and after entering India in Arunachal Pradesh, it is known as Siang which meets river Brahmaputra in Assam, 230 km downstream.  The Siang river valley is home to many tribal communitie...
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  • Artificial lake in Brahmaputra in China, flood threat in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam wanes On October 18, a landslide in China created an artificial lake on the Tsangpo river, the headwater of India's Brahmaputra river. Following the formation of the lake, a high alert was issued in Arunachal ...
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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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  • Assam prepares river atlas to tackle floods, erosion, deforestation The Assam government is preparing a river atlas with the aid of the North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC) that would serve as a comprehensive database of all major and minor rivers of the state. Besides serving as a databa...
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  • Arunachal achieves the open defecation free status Following Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh becomes the second state in the Northeast to be declared open defecation free. The state has achieved the open defecation free target one year and 10 months ahead of the national target, which is October 2, 2019....
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  • Government data shows decreasing suicide trend among farmers for the second consecutive year According to government statistics, after peaking in 2015, farmer suicides have shown a decreasing trend for the second year in succession in 2017 in the six suicide-prone districts--Vidarbha’s Buldhana, ...
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  • Carbon content in India's soil decreases According to a recent report by a consortium of agriculture institutes, out of 350 million hectares of soil in India, 120 million hectares has already turned problematic, that is, either the soil has turned acidic, saline, or alkaline. The carbon content in ...
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  • Cyclone Ockhi makes landfall, affects Lakshadweep islands, Kerala and Tamil Nadu Cyclone Ockhi intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and made landfall in the Lakshadweep islands last Friday. It further moved to coastal areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu causing heavy rains in the two states. The dea...
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  • Cauvery dispute: New Supreme Court bench constituted A fresh three-member bench will hear the dispute related to the sharing of Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on  October 18. Earlier, a high level technical team had visited the Cauvery basin area to assess the ground ...
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  • No water to TN till a special state legislature session takes a call: Karnataka  Despite the Supreme Court order, the Karnataka government has decided not to release water to Tamil Nadu till a special state legislature session takes a call on the matter. Opposition parties in Karnata...
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  • Women in Salmora area of Majuli, the world’s largest riverine island and India’s first island district, practise their traditional form of pottery--the one that does not use a wheel but is hand beaten to shape and uses a viscid kind of clay. As the Brahmaputra eats away huge swathes of land year...
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  • In what is considered the worst flood in a decade, the flood in Assam this year has swept over 2,800 villages away and submerged more than two lakh hectares of crop. More than 26 lakh people have been affected in 28 out of 34 districts of the state. There have been many casualties, too. India has t...
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  • Government allocated Rs 4,173 crore for Water Resources and of this, Namami Gange received Rs 2,037 crore. Later, in addition to this, the Centre also approved Rs 20,000 crore for Ganga rejuvenation over the next five years. One of the not-so new government's main agendas in 2015 was to have cl...
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  • NIH scientists to probe if Mansarovar is the source of GangaThe Water Resources Ministry has asked scientists from the Roorkee-based National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) to investigate if the origin of the Ganga river is the Mansarovar lake in Kailash instead of Gaumukh near Gangotri. The possibili...
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  • China's Zangmu Hydropower Project, one of the biggest dams on Brahmaputra, is operationalThe 510 MW Zangmu Hydropower Project on the Brahmaputra in Tibet is now operational. The project is regarded as the highest in the world and it is just 550 km away from the Indian border. Zangmu Hydropower is a ...
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  • Ganga catchment area has lost over 1500 billion cusecs of water flow: StudyA study conducted jointly by the Australian National University of Canberra and the Kumaon University, Nainital has revealed that more than 1500 billion cusecs of water flow has been reduced in the Ganga catchment area&n...
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  • Charge fees, use funds to clean Yamuna: NGT The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Delhi's civic agency to charge residents an 'environmental compensation fee'. Every household in the city will now have to pay a minimum environment compensation of Rs. 100 for generating sewage and the f...
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  • Karnataka sets up firm to mitigate mining impacts The Karnataka Government has set up a new firm called Karnataka Mining Environment Restoration Corporation (KMERC), that will carry out environment restoration work in the mine-ravaged districts of Ballari, Chitradurga and Tumakuru. The fi...
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Mitul Baruah from Ashoka University narrates personal experiences of people affected by floods in Majuli, Assam.

Floods are an annual phenomenon in Assam. They are as integral to the state as the Brahmaputra River is, and each monsoon, we are reminded that Assam exists (or is drowning). As I write this piece, Assam is slowly recovering from the first wave of flood this monsoon.

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India witnesses 22 percent deficient pre-monsoon rainfall this year: IMD

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Maintaining natural resources is important for the sustenance of aquatic biodiversity and river-dependent livelihoods.

The Siang River is a transboundary river which flows in Tibetan plateau, China in the name of Yarlung Psangpo and after entering India in Arunachal Pradesh, it is known as Siang which meets river Brahmaputra in Assam, 230 km downstream. 

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Arunachal achieves the open defecation free status

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Government data shows decreasing suicide trend among farmers for the second consecutive year

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Cyclone Ockhi makes landfall, affects Lakshadweep islands, Kerala and Tamil Nadu

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