Heavy rainfall across West Bengal caused landslides killing an estimated 40 people with many still missing.
Continuing rainfall is impeding relief efforts as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) attempts to carry out rescue efforts.
There is a shortage of food and safe drinking water in the affected areas.
40 people dead
The NDRF is working alongside national disaster teams at the landslide sites. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue up to 9 Jul.
Situation Générale en juin 2015, Prévision jusqu'à ’mi-août 2015
La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée calme en juin. De bonnes pluies et au moins deux générations seront nécessaires pour que les effectifs augment cet été dans les aires de reproduction estivale traditionnelles du Sahel septentrional d'Afrique de l'ouest et du Soudan ainsi que de part et d'autre de la frontière indo-pakistanaise.
Situation acridienne toujours calme dans tous les pays
De bonnes pluies et au moins deux générations seront nécessaires pour que les effectifs augmentent cet été dans les aires de reproduction estivale traditionnelles du Sahel septentrional d’Afrique de l’ouest et du Soudan ainsi que de part et d’autre de la frontière indo-pakistanaise. Jusqu’à présent, les pluies tardent à tomber sur le Sahel, sauf dans le centre du Niger et l’est du Mali, alors que les pluies de mousson ont débuté de une à trois semaines plus tôt que la normale en Inde et au Pakistan.
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net focuses on the theme of the 'Risk of Heat Waves and Climate Change in India'. This issue tries to highlight the phenomena of heat waves from the perspectives of various stakeholders ranging from the local authorities to the vulnerable communities such as street vendors, construction workers, children and the elderly. The Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan has been highlighted as a policy level intervention worth emulating in other Indian cities. Similarly, an anthropological perspective to heat wave planning is also posited.
In Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand a building collapsed due to landslide caused by heavy rains. Natural calamity has also destroyed the Haldwani Rampur highway. As a result of which the entire traffic has come to a halt. Govt has already expedited the relief work in the affected areas.
In Darjeeling too relief work has begun. A fresh landslide occurred at Gayabari, 56 km from Darjeeling, cutting off road link between Darjeeling and Mirik.
New Delhi, India | AFP | Thursday 7/2/2015 - 15:43 GMT
India's government Thursday approved spending nearly US$8 billion over five years to develop infrastructure for rural irrigation to boost crop productivity in a country where farmers rely largely on annual rains.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet gave its nod to allocate 500 billion rupees ($7.9 billion) for the project that aims to help India's 120 million-odd farmers, many of whom lack access to irrigation and struggle with deficient monsoon rains.
DELHI/YANGON, 2 July 2015 (IRIN) - A law preventing civilian courts from prosecuting security personnel in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has led to a quarter century of human rights abuses, Amnesty International said in a report urging the government to repeal the legislation.
Kolkata, India | AFP | Thursday 7/2/2015 - 08:41 GMT
Heavy rains were hampering a search for residents feared buried under piles of debris as the death toll from landslides in India's tea-growing region of Darjeeling reached 38, police said Thursday.
The rains have triggered fresh landslides in the Mirik area where rescue teams were struggling to find those buried in the mud and debris that barrelled down slopes on Tuesday night into their homes.
At least 40 people have been killed in landslides triggered by heavy rains in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong sub-divisions of Darjeeling district since Tuesday night.
20 bodies have been recovered from debris so far.
A central team, headed by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday visited landslide-hit areas in Darjeeling district of West Bengal and took stock of rescue and relief operations.
The worst affected areas of Mirik are Lamagaon and Saureni where 21 people have been killed.
India: Accountability still missing for human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir
Twenty-five years after the introduction of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Jammu and Kashmir, the law continues to feed a cycle of impunity for human rights violations, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.
By Susan Kim*
June 30, 2015—Women of Sana-anlo in Odisha, India, joined with the youths of their village in an unprecedented effort to make their entire community less vulnerable to the hazards, including cyclones and floods, that regularly impact this region.
The effort came on the heels of a training in disaster risk reduction that two youths of Sana-anlo, along with youths from other villages, were selected to attend. Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) in partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) conducted the training.
Kolkata, India | AFP | Wednesday 7/1/2015 - 06:13 GMT
Landslides triggered by heavy rain killed at least 21 people across India's famed tea-growing region of Darjeeling, with more feared trapped under mounds of mud and debris, police said Wednesday.
Rescuers were digging through tonnes of sludge searching for residents after overnight landslides struck homes built on slopes in the towns of Mirik, Kalimpong and Darjeeling in West Bengal state.
1.CENTRAL WATER COMMISSION (DAILY WATER LEVELS AND FORECASTS FOR LEVEL FORECAST SITES)
According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) report dated 30th June, 2015, there is 01 moderate flood situation sites in the country, as per details given below:
River Brahmaputra at Neamatighat, Distt. Jorhat (Assam) is flowing at 85.15 m against the danger level of 85.04 m with Steady trend.
USA – Forest Fire
• A forest fire broke out in Chelan County (Washington State) near Wenatchee on 28 June.
• According to media (as of 30 June), the fire burnt nearly 1,200 ha, destroyed 23 houses and injured three firefighters, while an evacuation order is in effect.
INDIA – Floods
• The Upper Assam districts of Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji were hit by new floods on 29 June, that killed two people and affected over 5,500 people in 20 villages. A relief camp has been opened by the district authorities, sheltering 75 people.
Snapshot 24–30 June 2015
Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.
South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.
The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.
In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.
Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.
1 . CENTRAL WATER COMMISSION (DAILY WATER LEVELS AND FORECASTS FOR LEVEL FORECAST SITES)
According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) report dated 28th June, 2015, there is 01 moderate flood situation sites in the country, as per details given below:
River Brahmaputra at Neamatighat, Distt. Jorhat (Assam) is flowing at 85.17 m against the danger level of 85.04 m with Steady trend.
2 . WARNING
28 June (Day 1):
RAINFALL/FLOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY
The southwest monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of north Arabian Sea, Gujrat state Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, East Rajasthan, entire Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi and some parts of West Rajasthan.
The Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) passes through Lat. 25.0°N / Long. 60.0°E, Lat. 25.0°/ Long. 65.0°E, Jalore, Nagpur Ganganagar.