Droughts and Floods

  • Wetlands are very important and productive ecosystems that support a wide range of plants and animals and provide livelihood opportunities to local communities in India. However, they are increasingly being threatened by rapid urbanisation, pollution, developmental interventions, unsustainable manag...
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  • Human activities are taking a heavy toll on country's resilience to drought According to a recent study by the Indian Institute of Technology, Indore (IITI), out of the 634 districts in the country, only 241, that is 38 percent of the districts, are resilient to drought or dry conditions. The ...
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  • In a drought-prone region like Vidarbha in Maharashtra, mostly in the news for water scarcity and farmer suicide, it is not every day that you hear the success story of a farmer. That's why the story of Savi Thangavel, 69, a resident of Mohegaon village which is just 22 km from Nagpur, is speci...
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  • Fund approved to boost climate resilience among coastal communities The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has allocated $43.4 million to enhance climate resilience among people living in coastal communities in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. The GCF is supported by the United Nations as pa...
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  • Artificial lake in Brahmaputra in China, flood threat in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam wanes On October 18, a landslide in China created an artificial lake on the Tsangpo river, the headwater of India's Brahmaputra river. Following the formation of the lake, a high alert was issued in Arunachal ...
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  • Cyclone Titli devastates Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Cyclone Titli causes severe damage to agriculture, roads and housing infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. The cyclone has taken 15 lives and affected 60 lakh people in Odisha, especially in Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada distric...
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  • The latest report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), formally released on Monday, warns that global warming is occurring faster than anticipated and that it can have devastating impacts if steps are not taken to cut down emissions.  India will be among the worst hi...
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  • World is losing the wetlands at a rate of 0.78 percent a year: Ramsar Convention The Global Wetland Outlook, presented by Ramsar Convention, has reported that wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests with 35 percent of world's wetland lost between 1970-2015. As per the report, the ...
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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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  • Cyclone causes rain in 18 states; floods, landslides reported in North India A cyclonic storm Daye made its landfall in Odisha on September 21. Although the tropical storm had weakened into a deep depression soon after making landfall, the wind pattern has changed triggering rainfall in Punjab, Har...
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  • If the devastating floods were not enough, the state of Kerala is witnessing further signs of environmental neglect and greedy exploitation of natural resources. There has been a drop in the water level, particularly in those rivers which were flooded recently. It is also reflected in the drying and...
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  • Polluted river stretches increases to 351, as against 302 in 2015 According to a recent assessment by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), there are 351 polluted river stretches in the country  with 45 of them being critically polluted. Although a greater focus is given to the Ganga riv...
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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 fi...
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  • Every time an extreme weather event like the Kerala floods occurs, there is a great demand for information on its causes. The question uppermost in public discourse is if such events can be attributed to climate change and global warming. Detection and attribution are the foundations of climate cha...
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  • More than 1000 people dead in three months in India due to heavy rains According to the National Emergency Response Centre, since May 28, 1400 people have died in India from rain and flood-related incidents. With the highest number of fatalities, Kerala floods accounted for 488 deaths due to drowni...
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  • Kerala blames Tamil Nadu for massive floods in the state Entering into a legal battle, the Kerala government has told the Supreme Court that the reason behind the deluge in the state was the sudden release of Mullaperiyar dam water by Tamil Nadu. As per Kerala, it had requested Tamil Nadu to gradua...
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  • Nearly 30 percent of springs in the Himalayas are drying up: Niti Ayog According to the report prepared by five working groups set up by Niti Aayog, nearly 30 percent of springs in the Himalayas are drying up while 50 percent have reported reduced discharge. The working groups were a...
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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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  • Kerala floods: Death toll rises to 373 The floods in Kerala have taken away nearly 400 lives and have displaced around 1.2 million people. The Centre has classified the flood fury as a calamity of severe nature even though the state had pitched it as a national disaster. Reviewing the flo...
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  • India is highly vulnerable to desertification. Desertification not only leads to loss of biodiversity but can also negatively affect food production leading to poverty, hunger, economic instability, competition for scarce land and water resources and migration. What is desertification? It is a form...
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Prime Minister Modi pitches for a collective effort to overcome water crisis in the country

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Centre launches Jal Shakti Abhiyan

To tackle the water crisis looming the country, the Centre launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a water conservation campaign focussing on 1,592 stressed blocks in 256 districts across the country.

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What are India's plans for managing its natural resources, undertaking sustainable land management and combating droughts?

Managing natural resources, the sustainable way

On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD 2019), India elaborated on its plans for managing its natural resources, undertaking sustainable land management and combatting droughts.  The highlighted actions are expected to help India meets its overall target of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030. The highlighted actions are expected to help India meets its overall target of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030.

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A study found that intensification of croplands through replacement of forests can impact long term temperature trends.

The frequency and severity of heatwaves have risen considerably in India. Our cities are facing periods of ‘extreme’ weather as urbanization continues to modify the landscape. The temperature moderation provided by soil and vegetation is being substituted with heat-absorbent construction materials.

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High Court raps Tamil Nadu government over water crisis in Chennai

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Monsoon makes slowest progress across India in 12 years (source: Times of India)

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) records show that this year's monsoon has so far been the slowest progressing monsoon in the past 12 years.

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The threat of desertification increases in 26 of 29 states

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Government to launch rural piped water scheme

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While WOTR’s work has contributed to improving SDG outcomes, what are the learnings from the efforts made by the organisation to map and identify the pathways that have brought about this change?

Sustainable development, still an unfinished agenda

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The incidence and intensity of tropical cyclonic storms during monsoons is increasing in India. Can historical analysis help understand and cope with them better?

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