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Uttarakhand on bumpy recovery road

Author(s): Manu Bhatnagar
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2013
A resilient ecosystem can regain its equilibrium even after a major natural disturbance. But human interference is robbing ecosystems of their resilience, pushing them beyond recovery. Following the cloudburst in mid-June, Uttarakhand is on the brink of such an ecological disaster.

Rivers, up close and personal

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2013
See also:  River, my bosom pal Adapting to Catastrophes A Road called Sutlej Dillis without the yamuna The Femininity of Rivers How my river changed A vision for a new kind of city An Unquiet River The melting pot No loss of humour Neither Land, Nor Water E-book  

North Bihar faces flood threat

Issue Date: Jul 2, 2013
After heavy discharge of water from the Kosi barrage at Bhimnagar, Bihar, and at Barahkhetra in Nepal, the Bihar government has issued an alert to all flood control rooms in the Kosi catchment area. Round-the-clock monitoring of water discharged from the Kosi barrage has been initiated so as to enable safe evacuation of villagers in case of flood. Rivers in the region are close to the danger mark.

Himalayan blunders

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
The floods in the Himalayas have been ferocious and deadly. Fears are that the final body count could run into several thousands. There is no clear estimate of the number of villages wiped out, property destroyed, roads washed away and hydropower projects damaged in the mountain state of Uttarakhand. The mountains are bleeding and its people have been left battered, bruised and dead.

Heaven's rage

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
At 7.18 pm on June 16, Ram Singh heard the loudest crack in 45 years of his life. It was the deafening roar of a disaster. “I felt as if the sky had been torn asunder. Within seconds, a massive wall of water gushed towards Kedarnath Temple. Huge boulders flung into the sky like an explosion. In less than 15 minutes, thousands of people were swept away,” he recalls lying at the Rudraprayag district hospital.

Victims of ‘growth’

Issue Date: Jun 30, 1999
As the title suggests, the book is about the displaced. It brings to the reader stories of those who have given up their land, their livelihood, their families and even their lives for the “greater public good” or “public purpose” or “national interest”.
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