Natural Disasters

What triggered the dust storms?

Desertification, unprecedented heat wave conditions, more Western Disturbances, increasing cyclonic circulations & 2 lines of low pressure winds combined to trigger the storms 

By Akshit Sangomla, Shreeshan Venkatesh
Published: Thursday 14 June 2018


Data source: Desertification and Land Degradation, Atlas of India 2016 by Space Applications Centre, ISRO, NDMA and UP State DMA and media reports


(This article was first published in the June 1-15 issue of Down To Earth under the headline '100 days, 44 storms, 16 states, 423 deaths, not a blip').

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