A recent survey on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) conducted in the flood-affected areas of Assam by Caritas India, revealed that 67% of the flood-affected population defecates in the open, due to lack of sanitation facilities and damages to existing sanitation structures in these areas after the flood.
Children from the Sunderban area are identifying hazards and potential risk during Disasters to access the Vulnerability and potential resources to avert the future calamity.
Sunderban, one of the World Heritage sites is facing dramatic changes in terms of water levels due to gradual climate change. Floods, embankment erosion and cyclones are some of the common phenomena in Sundarbans. The island has once had a population of 40,000 people but today only over 3,000 live here.
AIDMI’s publication of Southasiadisasters.net on ‘Asian Early Warning Systems’ Launched at AMCDRR 2018 Side Event on Trans-Border Flood Early Warning System for Last Mile Connectivity, July 4, 2018 at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
TNN | Jul 19, 2018, 10.05 AM IST
NEW DELHI: The Centre hopes to make Maharashtra’s arid regions ‘drought-proof’ in the next five years. For this, it approved a special package of Rs 13,651 crore on Wednesday. The funds will be used to complete 83 minor and eight major and medium irrigation projects of Marathwada, Vidarbha and drought-prone areas elsewhere in the state.
Incessant rain in the southern Indian state of Kerala has forced 34 693 people to seek refuge in 265 relief camps across the state, with flood waters inundating low-lying areas.The districts of Kottayam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam are reported to be the worst affected. Landslides, and damages to crops and property, is being reported from Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts.
At least 12 people have died in rain-related incidents. Normal life has been disrupted, with road and rail traffic affected due to water-logging in many parts of the state.
By Rina Chandran
MUMBAI, July 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in villages who have to walk miles each day to fetch water are bearing the brunt of India's worst water crisis in history, with activists warning of serious impacts on their health and well-being.
About 200,000 Indians die every year due to inadequate access to safe water, and 600 million face high to extreme water stress, the government think tank Niti Aayog said last month.
Most of them are from villages, where the task of fetching water for cleaning, cooking and washing falls to women.
Displaced from the State of Mizoram, nearly 29,000 Bru community members including 7,000 children, as per the demographic records provided by the district authorities, have been staying in make-shift relief camps of North Tripura district for over 20 years. Quality Council of India (QCI) conducted a study to capture the living conditions focused on the children of the community and devise a strategy for enabling appropriate educational and developmental needs of children of the Bru/Reang community.
In Manipur, at least nine people have been killed while two are missing due to massive landslides at three places in Tamenglong district.
Many houses in the hill areas were washed away by the landslides.
The tragedy occured in the wee hour while sleeping when their dwelling houses swept downward and filled inside the debris due to the heavy rainfall.
Rescue and relief works are now being carry out by the local volunteers, police, security personnels and other agencies.
India’s Central Water Commission (CWC) has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Google that will help crisis management agencies deal with extreme hydrological events, such as floods, more effectively.
The agreement allows CWC to make use of Google’s artificial intelligence, machine learning and geospatial mapping expertise for effective water management and flood forecasting. The agreement will also help CWC to better disseminate flood related information through different platforms developed by Google.
Andhra Pradesh has always been a leader among all the Indian states in reducing the disaster and climate risks faced by its citizens. Other Indian states have followed in its steps. Let us look at some of the recent initiatives in Andhra Pradesh which indicate an emerging trend in India.
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Chhattisgarh has been identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in India and has one of the most dense forest covers in the country. It is also the 10th largest state in terms of geographical area, the third largest in terms of forest area and has the second largest mineral reserves. These advantages has boosted the rapid growth and urbanization to holds the top rank in terms of development expenditure to GSDP ratio.