Droughts and Floods

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February 10, 2021 The Uttarakhand disaster reaffirms earlier warnings on the fragility of the Himalayan region calling for more careful planning and preparedness in the future!
A view of the Himalayas. (Source: IWP Flickr photos--photo for representation purpose only)
January 4, 2021 How the historian's method is invaluable in developing an understanding of floods.
Need to consider the perspective of the historians who see floods as a naturally occurring event. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
December 26, 2019 Policy matters this week
The Mandovi river disputed between Karnataka and Goa (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
December 11, 2019 Policy matters this week
Polythene bags and solid waste left behind as water recedes in the Ganga river. (Source: India Water Portal on Flickr)
Understanding floods to prevent them!
While floods are a normal part of the river ecology, can their impacts be minimised by understanding them better and changing our current practices? Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 day 18 hours ago

What are floods, why do we have floods at all?

Flooding in cities is getting common in India! (Image Source: IWP flickr photos)
Dealing with droughts
There are many reasons why we see more droughts in India these days. Here is all the information that you need to know droughts better. Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month ago

Droughts are one of the most feared natural calamities in India impacting food production, the economy as well as the morale of millions of farmers in a cou

India will see more droughts in the future. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Living with droughts
Special report on drought calls for new management approach Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month ago

As per a Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: Special Report on Drought 2021, released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UND

Drought resilience partnerships at the national and local levels will be critical to managing drought (Image: Pixabay; hbieser)
Floods, a boon or a bane?
News on floods often triggers panic and dread in the minds of the people. But, was this always so? Are floods something to be dreaded? Our ancestors did not think so! Aarti Kelkar Khambete posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

What are floods, why do we have floods at all?

Floods, a boon or a bane (Image Source: India Water Portal)
Irrigation from thin air
A super-absorbent gel could help the world's drought-hit farmers Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

A new development from a US university - a gel that can absorb water from humidity in the air, before releasing it back into the soil - could help farmers struggling to cope with the effects of drought.

The water-absorbing gel has performed well under lab conditions. (Image:  IWMI Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Amidst Covid-19 second wave, two cyclones hit the Indian coasts
News this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Cyclone Tauktae hit the west coast, while Yaas batters the east coast

Fallen lampost and trees lay sprawled across the road after a cyclone (Image Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
World must unite to tackle climate change immediately: UN
News this week Swati Bansal posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

UN report reminds the world to tackle climate change immediately

Severe cyclone batters a town in India (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Lessons from the Uttarakhand disaster
Experts blame it on projects in ecologically fragile zone Amita Bhaduri posted 4 months ago

In the aftermath of the Chamoli disaster of 2021, the spotlight turned to the area’s proliferating development that made it particularly vulnerable to disasters.

Testing of drinking water gets easy for users
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 4 months 1 week ago

Testing drinking water gets easy thanks to JJM and ICMR

Farmer taking water from a hand pump (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Telangana among states ensuring tap water supply to schools, anganwadis
News this week Swati Bansal posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Telangana joins a group of states which have ensured tap water supply to schools, anganwadis

Tap water in a rural school (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)