Droughts and Floods

  • The people of the Marathwada region have been facing severe water crisis for more than three decades. Despite adverse circumstances, the Akoladev panchayat in the Jalna district has set an example for other panchayats by solving their water woes through community participation and effective water ha...
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  • Chennai reels under acute crisis of drinking water Tamil Nadu is witnessing the worst drought in 140 years and Chennai is reeling under an acute crisis of drinking water as all four lakes--Poondi, Red Hills, Cholavaram and Chembarambakkam--around the city have dried up. Many areas in the city ...
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  • Centre gives permission to close Sardar Sarovar dam gates The Narmada Control Authority has given permission to the Gujarat government to close the gates of Sardar Sarovar dam to store more water. Along with this, the states that are involved-- Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan-- have been ...
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  • Nainital lake is drying up, environmentalists concerned According to recent reports, the water level in the Nainital lake in Uttarakhand has gone down by 18 feet below normal this summer. Environmentalists blame human activities such as illegal construction, felling of trees, concretisation of the ...
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  • When torrential downpour submerged thousands of villages and claimed about 300 lives in Jammu & Kashmir in September 2014, loss of wetlands was cited as one of the reasons that aggravated the impact of the natural disaster. Wetlands are areas where the water level is close to the surface of the ...
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  • Centre urges states to gear up for possible monsoon failure The agriculture ministry has ordered all the states and union territories to prepare themselves for a possible monsoon failure and operationalise their drought mitigation strategies. For this, the states and union territories have been per...
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  • Women in drought-hit Karnataka takes on the task to revive lakes In Mandya district, nearly 3000 women across 31 villages are on a mission to revive lakes, ponds and irrigation tanks to tackle the water scarcity in the region. These women have even fought the administration to give them designated ...
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  • Pankaj Sekhsaria’s recent book Islands in flux--The Andaman and Nicobar Story is a collection of around 20 years of his writings on the environmental and conservation concerns faced by the indigenous tribal communities of the region. Unlike his previous book, The last wave, a factual fiction adven...
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  • In a tribal settlement called Chavadiyur in the Attappadi region in Kerala, the summer has begun. It is already facing severe water shortage. The scarcity of water in the region has been exacerbated by the significant decrease in rainfall during both the southwest and the northeast monsoons. The&nbs...
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  • After becoming a human entity, Ganga river receives first legal notice The Uttarakhand high court has issued the first legal notice to the Ganga river, which was accorded human status recently. The court has sought a response from the river for allowing construction of a trenching ground in its lan...
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  • Ambitious solution to curb Karnataka's drought In a bid to tackle the water woes of the state, the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj HK Patil has announced a plan to drill 1 km deep borewells in 10 water scarce areas. The government is going to involve the private company, Water...
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  • Normal monsoon expected this year: IMD Sending a positive signal to the farm sector, the national weather forecaster has predicted a normal monsoon for this year with the seasonal monsoon rainfall likely to be 96 percent of the long period average (LPA). Also, even the rainfall distributi...
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  • Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana vulnerable to severe water scarcity As per the latest assessment by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana consume much more groundwater than their rechargeable limit every year, making them vulnerable to severe water sc...
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  • A woman stands with a begging bowl and a placard strung around her neck. An old man shuffles along barefoot in the street at Jantar Mantar, the official site of a farmers’ protest in the heart of New Delhi. He finds his way through a group of farmers gathered at the protest site on a hot summer af...
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  • The annual droughts in Maharashtra have put tremendous pressure on the available water resources in the state. While the government has not been able to provide adequate, potable water to people in both rural and urban areas, the need to explore other decentralised and localised means of harnessing ...
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  • Uttarakhand takes decisions to save its natural resources After the state high court declared Ganga and Yamuna rivers as living entities, it has now granted similar status to the Gangotri and Yamunotri glaciers. Along with this, the high court has also banned mining across the state for four months...
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  • Just seven to eight percent water left in TN’s reservoirs The live storage of water in the major reservoirs in Tamil Nadu has reduced to just seven to eight percent of the overall capacity. However, the state has been saved from the heat wave, unlike the northern states. The data from the Ce...
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  • Seven percent of rural India has no access to clean water: World Water Day report As per WaterAid’s new report--Wild Water: State of the World’s Water 2017--63.4 million people have no access to clean water in rural India. With 67 percent of India’s population living in rural areas, this mean...
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  • This story is of Punawli Kalan village in Uttar Pradesh, where a community with the support of a women-led federation, solved its water woes by developing a community-owned water supply system. Punawli Kalan village is situated in Jhansi district, in the drought-prone Bundelkhand region of Central ...
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  • Southern India reels under drought-like conditions All the southern states, except Telangana, are facing drought-like conditions. Tamil Nadu is the worst hit with 80 percent deficit in water storage in the state’s reservoirs, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. The collective water ...
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Under UNICEF’s initiative to mitigate disaster risk, community leaders are created to make villages disaster ready.

Tired from the Baidyanath dhamyatra (pilgrimage) in the nearby town of Deoghar, Nunlal Kamath is stealing a quick nap on a charpoy outside his house. His house is right on the western bank of Kosi, north Bihar’s river of sorrow, in a particularly flood-prone area where there are no high grounds or flood platforms nearby.  

Much of the district floods every year during the monsoon season. In August 2017, Kamath’s village at Basipatti in Madhepur block of Madhubani district saw the worst flooding after the 2007 deluge.

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The ongoing conflict between India and Bangladesh over the Teesta is political with little to do with the river itself. Is there any hope for the river?

River Teesta originates at Tso Lamo, Sikkim, flows through West Bengal and then enters the Rangpur division in Bangladesh. It is the fourth largest among 54 rivers shared by India and Bangladesh. The river basin is populated with over 30 million people who depend on the river water for drinking and domestic use, irrigation, industry and religious activities. Besides fishing, agriculture is one of the important sources of livelihood in the basin and sustains more than 90 percent of the rural population. 

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Toilets in households have only increased the drudgery of village women as they have to fetch water from faraway sources for toilet use.

Rajasthan is all geared up for the open defecation free (ODF) status well before the national deadline of October 2, 2019. According to the assistant engineer of the nagar parishad, Resha Singh, 4.75 lakh toilets have been constructed since October 2, 2014 in Alwar district which is about to be declared ODF.

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Shimla reels under severe water crunch

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Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district has been facing severe water shortage for a while now. Rainwater harvesting could be a solution to this.

There seems to be no end to the drinking water crisis in the Bemetara district in Chhattisgarh. It is only becoming worse with every passing day. More than 40 percent of all the hand pumps installed in the district have run dry due to the depletion of groundwater level.  

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Livelihood and education affected, villagers of a marooned land look for solutions.

“Our village is also called the swimmers’ village because almost all of us including small children know how to swim. To learn swimming is not a luxury but a necessity for us.

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Entering its second year, the Graduate Program of Water Science and Policy 2018 at Shiv Nadar University envisages a multi-disciplinary classroom, engagement and content delivered by some of the best minds globally – experts on water who have worked on ground realities, made policies and initiated change.

June 30, 2018 12:00AM

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A new study points out that the evapotranspiration from the vegetation over the Western Ghats accounts for one-quarter of the rainfall over peninsular India.

The mountain range that runs along the west coast of peninsular India from Tamil Nadu through Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa to Maharashtra is known as the Western Ghats and is very well known for its majestic beauty. It is also among the top eight biodiversity hotspots in the world. The Western Ghats host over 400 species and seven distinct vegetation types. 

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While the three anicuts on the Mahanadi are hampering its free flow, another one is being planned by the government.

Gopal Nishad, a fisherman in his early 40s, is frustrated that there is hardly any fish left in the Mahanadi’s basin at Pitaibandh due to the lack of water in the basin. This basin is located near Rajim-Nawapara in Chhattisgarh, the proposed site for the fourth anicut on the Mahanadi. He reminisces the good old days when he, along with his brother, used to catch plenty of fish from the Mahanadi. 

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The country had recorded a rainfall of 97 percent in 2016 and 98 percent last year during monsoon which runs from June to September.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday forecast that the monsoon this year will be normal, with rainfall of 97 percent of the long period average (LPA) with an error of plus or minus five percent. 

If the forecast comes true, it will benefit the country’s economy, as it will be the third successive normal monsoon year. The country had recorded a rainfall of 97 percent in 2016 and 98 percent last year during the season which runs from June to September. 

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