Droughts and Floods

  • A presentation from Megh Pyne Abhiyan analyzing the floods. Among the points made include -- the changing perception of floods, which at one time were a source of prosperity due to the fertile silt they brought -- the negative experience with embankments in the Damodar river and Hwang Ho, experien...
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  • India Development and Relief Foundation's mission is : " to support volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, healthcare, and welfare, without regard to religion, caste or creed. Clic...
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  • Asha for Education  is a well-known group of individuals working on education and other issues.Asha's Varanasi chapter is accepting donations for flood relief work: Click here .
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  • Karmayog has compiled an extensive listing of organisations that are working in the flood areas and are accepting donations. See HereThere are organisations doing relief material collection in all major cities and several smaller ones. A couple of specific requests from there: A doctor involved...
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  • Karmayog has compiled an extensive listing of organisations (here)  that are accepting contributions. In addition they have a listing of some materials and volunteers that are available for donation. Menaka Mills, Theni wants to donate 1000 blankets  Microsoft India is collecting donations...
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  • North Bihar has a long history of flooding.Through a series of posts here, we will attempt to explain the background of flooding in Bihar and what are the root causes.For those not familiar with the area the map above gives a startling glimpse into how strongly Ganga tributaries are interw...
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  • Courtesy: biharfloodrelief2008.blogspot.com Bihar flood relief is tracking the work of some Bihar based groups working on flood rescue and relief currently in the area around Forbesgunj in Araria district. They have been involved in flood rescue and relief work in the previous year too. The de...
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  • Dr. Jagannath Mishra, former Chief Minister of Bihar, has given a pathetic description of floods in Bihar. He said that "Nobody from the government has gone to Saharsa so far. If the people in Saharsa are surviving, they must be saying that we are engulfed in water since ten days and nobody is there...
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  • Key Features: Reviews the risks of inter-basin water transfers warns of critical disadvantages with India's proposed ILR plan offers viable less-risky solutions for water resource development. Inter-basin water transfers are complex human interventions on natural systems that can have pr...
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  • I would like to request all experts/NGOs/Industries to suggest how safe water can be supplied during the natural calamity like flood, where water is available but no provision for filtration, power supply may or may not be available, people are living in clusters say in the number of 200 to 1000. I ...
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  • About the Report: The flood situation report has been a joint effort of Megh Pyne Abhiyan's (literally clouds' water campaign, involving people around the issue of water and livelihood, and a functional network of grassroots organizations) partners - Gramyasheel, Supaul; Kosi Seva Sadan, Saharsa; Sa...
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  • Parineeta Dandekar's earlier post on environmental flows, triggered several responses and we have initiated a discussion forum post on the topic. Mr. Chetan Pandit of the National Water Academy, Pune, has a detailed note on it, critiquing the original post, and adding several new points to take the ...
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  • I want to know about the changes in the ground water level of a flood affected area.  The area is flooded for a period of three to four months in a year (June - October). Is there increase or decrease in ground water level?  The area under question is the coastal area of Orissa (Districts:...
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  • Would you throw your lot in with cloud seeding, or have ideas regarding conservation and regulated usage? Feel free to join in and have your say, access the Drought Mitigation Discussion here Parineeta Dandekar's blog post:Environmental Flows lays out some of the urgent issues and the worrying conse...
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  • Subject: EcosanDuration: 1:20 minsA woman from rural Bangladesh explains the utility of ecosan in a flood prone region. Ecosan being built on raised surface above ground is a more feasible and durable option as compared to conventional toilets with subsurface pits or septic tanks which overspills or...
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  • Two press releases on the work being done by the National Disaster Management Authority regarding early warning systems for flooding, guidelines for management of urban flooding and more : http://www.pibmumbai.gov.in/scripts/detail.asp?releaseId=E2008PR58 http://www.pibmumbai.gov.in/scripts/detail.a...
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  • The Bagmati Calling : I am reporting from the south bank of the Bagmati near Benipur in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. An embankment along the Bagmati is under construction here and the villagers from Benipur, Bharthua and Jivajor are sitting here on a Dharna, since 25 th December 2007 demanding reh...
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  •  A visual depiction of potential climate change impacts across the world from the National Geographic Channel. Below is a screen capture, click on the link to see the full application. http://green.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-impacts-interactive.html Calcutta and Miami...
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  • The latest issue of SANDRP's newsletter contains the following: Solar Power Boom Bihar Floods 2007: Some lessons for everyone Power Options: New Look Required 11th Five Year Plan: Why it may not achieve the targets SSP: Mounting costs, minimal benefits SSP drinking water scheme a flop: Congress Pri...
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  •  In the top photo a Kolkata Municipal Corporation water tanker is delivering water in the pouring rain. "Why have we set up our water management so that we need to deliver water, even while it is pouring", he wonders. The next set of photos show a clogged stormwater drain. A municipal worker cl...
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The environmental conservation efforts in Ufrenkhal have been written about for nearly three decades but always by others. Here is the story in the protagonist's own words.

Reams have been written about Sacchidanand Bharti, of Ufrenkhal fame and his work on afforestation and water conservation. However, very rarely does he speak about his own efforts and experiences. One such rare occasion was Environment Day on June 5th 2013 when he delivered the S. L.

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20th January to 19th March 2014: Term 2 (2 months)
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