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Rs 21 crore blunder

Author(s): Sumana Narayanan
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2008
Tamil Nadu to undo plantations to save Olive Ridley turtles THE Tamil Nadu revenue department has sanctioned money to uproot casuarinas planted with World Bank fund along the coast because they were affecting the nesting of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles.

Tsunami effect: compensation to victims stalled

Author(s): Sanjib Kumar Roy
Issue Date: Feb 15, 2008
A cow for Rs 89,000, a pig for Rs 12,000 and a goat, Rs 19,000. These are not fictional prices dreamt up by some livestock dealer. These are the prices businessmen have quoted for supplying livestock to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Thunderstruck, the union territory administration has dropped its cattle-for-cattle scheme to compensate people who had lost their livestock in the 2004 tsunami. It is now considering distributing cash.

Tsunami museum in Kerala

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2008
A tsunami museum, the first of its kind in India, has been opened at Alappad village in Kerala's Kollam district. It aims to educate people about the risks of tsunamis and to commemorate those who died on December 26, 2004. The museum was set up at a cost of Rs 10.40 lakh. It has exhibits explaining how to respond to warnings of tsunamis and how to recognize the signs of impending danger, according to Preetha George, the museum co-ordinator.

Will planting Causarina give protection against another tsunami?

Author(s): Sumana Narayanan
Issue Date: Jan 15, 2008
Ever since the 2004 tsunami flattened coastal villages, the Tamil Nadu government has been raising sea walls and protective plantations on a priority basis to blunt the impact of sea waves. It touts the plantations as the first line of defence against tsunamis and cyclones. Ecologists warn it could be a step towards another kind of disaster.

Illegal buildings trigger erosion, threaten Puri beach

Author(s): Panchanan Sahu
Issue Date: Nov 15, 2007
people living in Sipasarubali near the coast in Puri, Orissa, are under threat. Waves have swept away parts of a beach in this popular tourist spot. While local residents are perturbed and visitors are avoiding the shore, officials seem to be in denial.

Andhra salt-makers want recognition as farmers

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
"Why shouldn't salt-making be classed as agriculture?" asks R Potharaju. "Both require land, water and sunshine, and are subject to vagaries of nature," he reasons. Potharaju is convenor of the Prakasam District Salt Farmers Forum.

Butterflies brought by tsunami threaten Andaman's ecology

Author(s): Sanjib Kumar Roy
Issue Date: Oct 15, 2007
Butterflies in the Andaman archipelago have been facing colonisation. The carrier of the colonists was the 2004 tsunami which brought three foreign species of butterflies to the islands, threatening its fragile ecology. Of the three species, two, Danias melanipus camorta and Anitilope anomala, are endemic subspecies from the Nicobar group of islands and the third, Precis lemonias lemonias, is from Myanmar.

Kerala creating eco-fence against natural calamities

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2007
After spending a lot of money on sea walls, the Kerala government is now creating an eco-fence against natural calamities like the tsunami that ravaged the state in 2004. Under the Harithatheeram Project, the government will fence the state's 590-km coastline by planting mangroves, casuarinas, thespesias, pandanus

Ecosan toilets on the ramp

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2007
A unique 'beauty contest' was organised in Kerala's Nagapattinam district on July 14, the contestants of which were 'ecosan toilets' made in tsunami-hit areas. Eligibility: families that were part of the first batch of 100 "ecosan toilet families" in the district's Kameshwaram village, those who used it properly and those who maintained the kitchen garden that was watered by urine. It was organised by Friends in Need of France, SCOPE of Tiruchirappalli and the Nagapattinam's rural development agency.

Flaws in India's tsunami warning system

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2007
India's Tsunami Early-Warning System in the Indian Ocean is close to completion, but authorities are clueless about how to circulate alerts. An interim system has been in place since July 2005 and the new information network got commissioned in October 2005. The National Disaster Management (ndm), which looks after the new Rs 125 crore network, is yet to find a way to spread the information among the target public. "We are still in a receptive mood.
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