Droughts and Floods

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April 26, 2022 The water stewardship initiative by WOTR that developed a tool to visualise aquifers has not only helped farmers understand groundwater as a shared resource, but also led to a behavioural change among water users and helped implement groundwater laws and policies.
Groundwater, a fast disappearing resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
February 10, 2022 47% of India’s population is vulnerable to floods, says IMD's Climate Hazards Atlas
(Image: J Surya, CC-SA-4.0 International)
December 15, 2021 This book by ICIMOD and SANDEE draws on stories from seven countries in South Asia to highlight how communities are building resilience to climate change.
Joining hands to cope with climate change (Image Source: Usha Dewani Das)
November 27, 2021 Floods are becoming the most frequently occurring extreme events leading to high deaths in India.
The floods in Kerala in 2018 (Image: Ranjith Siji, Wikimedia Commons: CC BY-SA 4.0)
November 21, 2021 Upstream hydrological modifications altered the basin hydrology, says study
Kathiya Gaon, Tehri, Uttaranchal (Image: India Water Portal)
India-Bangladesh floods change course of children’s lives as entire districts submerged
Save the Children helps people stranded in deadly flooding Posted on 23 Jun, 2022 05:55 PM

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Millions affected after deadly floods affect the two countries (Image: Save the Children)
Assam relief operations: Over 5 lakh people impacted so far
Deadly diseases, sanitation and hygiene needs immediate attention Posted on 28 May, 2022 05:46 AM

Reports of immense damage are continuing to emerge from Assam as the state is reeling under floods followed by incessant rainfall and landslides across many districts. Around 5,75,470 people including 1,15,314 children have been impacted so far.

Floods are a regular menace to millions of people in Assam (Image: Fazlul Alam, PixaHive)
Droughts reduce India's GDP by 5 percent in twenty years
News this fortnight Posted on 24 May, 2022 08:37 PM

Droughts reduced India’s gross domestic product by 2-5 per cent over 20 years from 1998-2017: Report

India, vulnerable to droughts (Image: Pixabay; hbieser)
Making the invisible, visible
The water stewardship initiative by WOTR that developed a tool to visualise aquifers has not only helped farmers understand groundwater as a shared resource, but also led to a behavioural change among water users and helped implement groundwater laws and policies. Posted on 26 Apr, 2022 11:10 PM

Excessive dependence and unregulated use of groundwater is draining India dry with 84 percent of groundwater being used for irrigation and 90 percent for drinking in rural areas.

Groundwater, a fast disappearing resource (Image Source: India Water Portal)
34 percent of India's coastline suffers from erosion, West Bengal worst affected
News this fortnight Posted on 18 Apr, 2022 10:00 AM

West Bengal's coastline suffers the worst erosion while Goa's remains stable

Coast along the southern tip of the country (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
JJM coverage low in rural households of several large states: Parliamentary panel
News this fortnight Posted on 06 Apr, 2022 03:38 PM

Several large states have low coverage of JJM in rural households: Panel expresses displeasure

Drinking water provision in rural school and hygiene (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Options for flood risk reduction
How participatory is participatory flood risk mapping? Voices from the flood-prone Dharavi slum in Mumbai Posted on 02 Apr, 2022 10:54 AM

Participatory flood risk mapping is a well-recognized and widely implemented tool for meaningful community involvement in disaster risk reduction.

Need to enhance community participation through participatory flood risk mapping (Image: Ronie, Pixahive)
Delhi, sinking?
Rampant groundwater extraction in some areas of Delhi is leading to a dangerous fall in groundwater levels and increasing the risk of land subsidence, making the city prone to floods and water logging. Posted on 18 Mar, 2022 10:28 AM

Delhi is facing the risk of land subsidence. And uncontrolled and illegal groundwater extraction is to blame!

What is land subsidence

The rapidly urbanisisng Delhi (Image Source: Lokantha at English Wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons)
The tale of two disasters: Role of science communication for disaster risk reduction
Comparing two incidents of flash floods in the Garhwal region Posted on 15 Mar, 2022 10:43 AM

Over the years, the Himalayan climate has grown warmer, there are higher incidences of short but intense monsoon and hailstorms.

Aftermath caused by cloud burst and flood in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand (Image: Rahul Dixit, EGU)
87% of India's districts vulnerable to droughts: IMD
47% of India’s population is vulnerable to floods, says IMD's Climate Hazards Atlas Posted on 10 Feb, 2022 06:31 PM

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has recently come up with a ‘Climate hazards and vulnerability atlas of India’ which provides districts maps on hazard events and vulnerability for all the calendar months and at annual scale in India.

(Image: J Surya, CC-SA-4.0 International)
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