Why floodplains need to be protected
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. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 years 3 months ago

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.

Real estate development has wiped out large swathes of land on the active floodplain of the rivers in Kerala; the reduction in its cross section led to massive inundation during the Kerala floods, 2018.
Kerala floods and after
The reason behind Kerala floods is a lot more than what the CWC wants us to believe. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 years 3 months ago

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.

The floods in Kerala have taken nearly 400 lives and have displaced around 1.2 million people. (Image: Ranjith Siji via Wikimedia Commons)
Monsoon takes 1400 lives
News this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 4 months ago

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

A man wades through knee-deep water with his belongings during flood. (Source: 101Reporters)
Kerala, TN fight over Mullaperiyar dam water release
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 4 months ago

Kerala blames Tamil Nadu for massive floods in the state

The Mullaperiyar dam (Source: Jayeshj via Wikipedia Commons)
Kerala battles the worst flood since 1924
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. Amita Bhaduri posted 2 years 4 months ago

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.

The floods in Kerala have taken nearly 400 lives and have displaced around 1.2 million people. (Image: Ranjith Siji, Wikimedia Commons: CC BY-SA 4.0)
Centre calls Kerala floods a 'calamity of severe nature'
News this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 4 months ago

Kerala floods: Death toll rises to 373

A house submerged in water during floods in Kerala. (Source: Ranjithsiji via Wikimedia commons)
Floods wreak havoc in Kerala
News this week Swati Bansal posted 2 years 5 months ago

Kerala floods take 38 lives, severe loss reported

An aeriel view of the flooded locality of Aluva after heavy rains in Kerala. (Source: India TV)
Meenachil river warriors shine
Meenachil Nadee Samrakshana Samithi wins the Bhagirath Prayas Samman for its efforts to save Kerala's Meenachil river from total destruction. Amita Bhaduri posted 3 years 1 month ago

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 book as a beautiful one that turns an ugly waste dump into which anything could be flung.

The president and the secretary of the Meenachal Nadee Samrakshana Samithi receive the Bhagirath Prayas Samman 2017 award from justice Madan Lokur of the Supreme Court of India.
India ranks low on sanitation index: Report
News this week Swati Bansal posted 3 years 1 month ago

India has the highest number of people without access to toilets: Report

Toilets in India (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
In Memoriam: A Tribute to Our Dear Friend Latha Anantha
The passing of Latha Anantha, a true crusader and champion for rivers, leaves a void in the water sector. The Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India pays tribute to her. priyad posted 3 years 1 month ago

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 deteriorating, the question still comes up time and again, why was she taken away from us so early?

Noted river activist Latha Anantha passed away on Thursday after battling cancer for more than three years. She was 51. (Photo credit Latha Anantha Facebook)