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  • Kerala hit by worst drought in 115 years With 61 percent shortfall in rains from the north-west monsoon this year, Kerala has been hit by one of the worst droughts in 115 years. Owing to this water crisis, the Kerala state disaster management authority (KSDMA) is planning to impose a water rationin...
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  • As night falls, women in Chempakaraman beach on the Pulluvila coastal belt in Thiruvananthapuram step out of their safe abode and leave for the open fields. The barking of stray dogs send a chill down their spine but still, these women brave the odds and venture into the darkness as it is an urgency...
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  • Mining and processing of heavy and rare earth minerals can produce a tremendously negative impact on the land and environment in the area, the magnitude and intensity of which depends on the kind of chemicals and processes used, the efforts taken in the management of waste as well as on environmenta...
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  • SC sets aside Punjab's order quashing water-sharing agreement with Haryana In a follow up to the Supreme Court ruling to set aside the Punjab government's order quashing water-sharing agreement with Haryana, all Congress party MLAs and the Punjab congress chief captain Amarinder Singh sent in their...
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  • All 14 districts in Kerala have been declared drought-hitAfter witnessing a 34 percent deficit in rainfall during the south-west monsoon, the Kerala government has declared all its 14 districts drought-hit. The districts are facing severe water scarcity; the worst affected ones are Wayanad, Thrissur...
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  • More fund over the budgetary allocation sought for MGNREGADespite the highest ever budgetary allocation this year to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), the scheme is facing a shortage of funds as the demand for work is higher this year due to droughts in s...
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  • When it comes to managing huge piles of waste, Indian metros have a monumental task in hand. As per 2011 figures, Delhi is the biggest waste generator with 6800 tonnes of waste being produced daily. Lessons from other countries show that these mountains of waste will only grow bigger as India g...
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  • J&K govt to construct ‘mini dams’ for irrigation The government of Jammu and Kashmir is planning construction of water storage facilities on the tributaries of the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab rivers to increase agriculture productivity in the kandi areas and on the plateaus. Officials insist t...
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  • Telangana, Maharashtra sign pact for irrigation projects across Godavari Bringing an end to their dispute, the Telangana and Maharashtra governments have finally signed a historic pact for the construction of three barrages on the Godavari river and its tributaries--Penganga and Pranahita. The...
    Swati Bansalposted 3 years 11 months agoread more
  • Sexagenarian Radha Madhavan's (name changed) voice carries a shade of gloom even as she rationalises her children's decision to leave their parental home for good. “My husband and I totally understand it. Do they not have a point when they say they do not wish to return to this wretched island, co...
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  • Karnataka and TN at cross roads over Mekedatu river project The Karnataka government is planning to construct a reservoir across the Cauvery river near Mekedatu, to tackle Bengaluru's water crisis. However, the plan has been opposed by the Tamil Nadu government that claims that the former did ...
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  • Rajya Sabha gives a go ahead to the National Waterways Bill The Rajya Sabha has given its approval to the National Waterways Bill that aims to convert 111 rivers across the country into National Waterways. The Bill has been approved by the Lok Sabha already. Per the Shipping Ministry, the Bill...
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  • Activists oppose Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's World Culture Festival along the Yamuna flood plains The Art of Living Foundation is organising a 3 day festival from March 11-13, 2016 on the floodplains of the Yamuna river near Mayur Vihar. 3.5 million poeple are expected to gather together at the festival...
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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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  • Respond immediately or face closure: CPCB to non-compliant industries along the GangaThe Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has threatened to shut down those polluting units along the Ganga that haven't disclosed if they have installed monitoring systems. In January, CPCB had ordered some 3...
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  • 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. As one of the most densely populated states in the country, i...
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  • Perchlorate is a chemical that is extensively used in the arms and ammunition industry. It acts as a potential thyroid disrupter and affects the uptake of iodide causing hypothyroidism and associated health effects in foetuses, infants and pregnant women. A number of animal studies have re...
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  • This I-Day new name given to the Agriculture Ministry and the Swachh Vidyalaya mission accomplished On August 15, 2015, the Prime Minister announced that the Agriculture Ministry will be renamed as the Ministry for ‘Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare’. The new name has been s...
    Swati Bansalposted 4 years 11 months agoread more
  • In the last 26 years, polluted river stretches rise from 22 to over 300A recent report has revealed that polluted river stretches in the country have risen 14 times in the last 26 years from 22 in 1989 to 302 now. Per environmetalists, this is because the Central Pollution Control Board ha...
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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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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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Kerala floods: Death toll rises to 373

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Kerala floods take 38 lives, severe loss reported

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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 getting water from the open well? What are the approved rules in this case?

Location: Nedumbassery Panchayath, Near Vidhyadhiraja School, Angamaly, Kerala

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