Idukki District

  • 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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  • 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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  • First water atlas of the Himalayas launched in ParisDuring the UN Climate Summit, an atlas of five of the ten major river basins in the Himalayas--Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus, Mekong and Salween--was released. The atlas uses maps and infographics to demonstrate changes in the climatic conditions in t...
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  • One of history’s worst dam bursts took place in Gujarat in 1979 when the four-kilometer long Machhu Dam II on the Machhu River collapsed. This led to a deluge in the industrial city of Morbi located five kilometers downstream as well as surrounding rural areas destroying thousands of homes and liv...
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  • While the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have opposing stands on the Mullaperiyar dam, civil society actors have provided alternatives to the old dam whose decommissioning is bound to happen sooner or later. They have also pointed out the inappropriateness of building a new dam on Mullaperiyar. Lat...
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  • Reliance gets tough on project affected peopleLocal administration joins hands with Reliance Power in suppressing protests by project affected community in proposed Sasan Ultra Mega Power project in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Locals demand permanent jobs at the project.Keep Navi Mumbai out...
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  • Govt to replicate the success modelsMinistry of rural development plans to converge Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act with other state-level schemes that represent a successful sustainable livelihood model.Glass causes warmingGlass facades used in buildings lead t...
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  • Food bill turns into an actThe much awaited National Food Security Bill, 2013 receives the President's approval. The irrigation programme to continue in the XII planGovernment approves continuation of Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme worth Rs. 55200 crore in the XII plan alongwith two ...
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  • Countrywide ban on sand mining The National Green Tribunal bans mining or removal of sand from river banks without environment clearance from the state or central ministry and license from a competent authority. The order comes in the wake of suspension of an IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh who took...
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  • Fear of floods and landslips mounts in Idukki district, Kerala, as the reservoir is on the verge of spilling over
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  • A fluttering butterfly or a dashing cheetah immediately bring vivid images to mind. Does the image of a plant stir us as much? Are we as fascinated watching a flower bloom? Probably not. Maybe that’s why there is such a large focus on endangered animals and birds and not so much on plant species t...
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  • Although Idukki is generally perceived as a ‘spices district’ and a ‘plantation crop district’, about 95 per cent of the farmers here are small with tribal farmers constituting a substantial component. Public investment in agriculture in this district is very poor and this hampers agricultu...
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  • I am doing my Ph.D in Ecological destruction within the  Periyar Tiger Reserve. I am a research scholar affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, For my research related data collection activity I need information regarding locations of rain gauge stations in Idukki, Pathan...
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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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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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First water atlas of the Himalayas launched in Paris

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The recent earthquake in Nepal has pointed fingers yet again at the much neglected area of dam safety. Will that push India to put in place a comprehensive law that addresses this?

One of history’s worst dam bursts took place in Gujarat in 1979 when the four-kilometer long Machhu Dam II on the Machhu River collapsed. This led to a deluge in the industrial city of Morbi located five kilometers downstream as well as surrounding rural areas destroying thousands of homes and lives. While this was a tragedy, it was by no means an isolated one. Over forty dam bursts have taken place in India, and there have been other events that have shown that earthquake hazard continues to be a serious threat to dams.

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Latha Anantha of River Research Centre, Thrissur speaks to India Water Portal on the latest developments on the Mullaperiyar dam controversy.

While the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have opposing stands on the Mullaperiyar dam, civil society actors have provided alternatives to the old dam whose decommissioning is bound to happen sooner or later. They have also pointed out the inappropriateness of building a new dam on Mullaperiyar.

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Reliance gets tough on project affected people

Local administration joins hands with Reliance Power in suppressing protests by project affected community in proposed Sasan Ultra Mega Power project in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Locals demand permanent jobs at the project.

Keep Navi Mumbai out of CRZ

Govt to replicate the success models

Ministry of rural development plans to converge Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act with other state-level schemes that represent a successful sustainable livelihood model.

Glass causes warming

Food bill turns into an act

The much awaited National Food Security Bill, 2013 receives the President's approval

The irrigation programme to continue in the XII plan

Government approves continuation of Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme worth Rs. 55200 crore in the XII plan alongwith two related schemes of the National Projects and Command Area Development. 

News this week - National Green Tribunal bans sand mining, Ukai dam authorities save Surat from floods and the Central Government decides to release water data.

Countrywide ban on sand mining

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