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Chamoli and climate change

Chamoli and climate change

Chamoli April 23, 2021. Uttarakhand’s Chamoli District suffered flash flood yet again. [Ref.1] The previous one was on February 7, 2021. Both took sudden and huge toll of human and animal life and economic loss, including destroying infrastructure of dams and roads. Both occurred because of avalanches possibly triggered by glacier-dam burst. This writer argues that the avalanches were both[Read More…]

by 26/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Berta Cáceres outside the US military base of Palmerola in Honduras, where she spoke against the US-backed coup regime in Honduras and against the US military presence in her country.  July 4, 2011 photo by Roger D. Harris

From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand

March 2, 2021 was the five year anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, who opposed the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras.  That date was less than one month after the deaths of dozens of people from Dam disaster in Uttarakhand, India.  The two stories together tell us far more about consequences of the insatiable greed of capitalism for more[Read More…]

by 04/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
An Unnecessary Himalayan Disaster

An Unnecessary Himalayan Disaster

There is a huge tectonic place below the land mass of India known as “Indian Plate.” The rotation of the earth is causing this plate to continually move northward just like any matter moves to the top in a centrifugal machine. The Indian Plate crashes into the Tibetan Plate as it moves to the north. The pressure between these two[Read More…]

by 19/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Neglect of  Green Laws and the Himanalyan Uttarakhand Disaster

Neglect of  Green Laws and the Himanalyan Uttarakhand Disaster

Disaster struck Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on 7 February 2021 morning after a  portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off. The sudden flood in Dhauli Ganga, Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda tributaries of the Ganga caused  death of over 50 persons and nearly 150 workers  missing till  15 February, 2021. Most were workers in different projects in the area, along with[Read More…]

by 16/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
 Serious Accidents and Disasters Involving Dam Workers Are A Wake-Up Call for Improving Safety

 Serious Accidents and Disasters Involving Dam Workers Are A Wake-Up Call for Improving Safety

             The prayers of the entire country have been with the brave efforts for rescuing trapped workers in Uttarakhand. This is also the time for realizing the seriousness of the very difficult, hazard-prone and risky conditions in which dam workers toil in India in remote areas, particularly the Himalayan region. Whether it is the Uttarakhand disasters of 2021 or 2013,[Read More…]

by 15/02/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Himalayan Ecology Faces Many-Sided Threats and Stress, Need for Declaring Ecologically Protective Peace Zone

Himalayan Ecology Faces Many-Sided Threats and Stress, Need for Declaring Ecologically Protective Peace Zone

A very important aspect of Himalayan region is that the number of people impacted by what happens to the environment of the Himalayan region is very high. This can be seen very easily in India in the very densely populated Ganga-Yamuna plains, but is true for some other countries as well. Of course the population within the Himalayan region can[Read More…]

by 10/02/2021 1 comment India
System of Safety of Dams Needs Improvement at Several Levels, Including Unbiased Assessment of New Projects

System of Safety of Dams Needs Improvement at Several Levels, Including Unbiased Assessment of New Projects

We are in an important phase of assessing and planning for safety of dams. On the one hand new legislation on this subject is under consideration, on the other hand a serious disaster implicating two or more hydel projects in the Himalayan region has re-emphasized the need for a much stronger system of dam safety that can also take into[Read More…]

by 10/02/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Dam Workers Face Serious Hazards, Need Much Better Safety and Social Security

Dam Workers Face Serious Hazards, Need Much Better Safety and Social Security

The tragedy in Uttarakhand has again highlighted the extreme vulnerability of dam workers who toil often in very hazardous conditions in very remote parts of the country, away from public gaze. In particular the hazards faced by workers are very serious at several dam construction locations in the Himalayan region. While better safety conditions for dam workers are needed everywhere,[Read More…]

by 09/02/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Reasons Why Tehri Dam Needs Very Special Precautions Of Safety

Reasons Why Tehri Dam Needs Very Special Precautions Of Safety

           The Tehri Dam Project (TDP) constructed in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand is one of the most discussed dams of the world in the context of the debates on dam safery. The salient features of this project are :- A 260.5 meters high earth and rockfill dam, across the river Bhagirathi at Tehri just after its confluence with river Bhilangana[Read More…]

by 09/02/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Why Rs2 lakh is too little compensation for the dead in Uttarakhand

Why Rs2 lakh is too little compensation for the dead in Uttarakhand

Soon after the disaster in Uttarakhand on February 7, 2020, when a deluge washed away two hydropower plants and left at least 100 dead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a sum of Rs2 lakh each would be given to the families of each of the dead, and Rs50,000 each to those who have sustained injuries. PM Modi’s monthly salary[Read More…]

by 09/02/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Uttarakhand flood: Fatality and devastation

Uttarakhand flood: Fatality and devastation

A major challenge associated with any natural disaster is the quantitative character of the forecast; the task is not just to forecast the occurrence of an event, which is difficult enough by itself, but to anticipate the magnitude of the event. Similarly, sometimes it is difficult to anticipate the form and nature of the disaster as well. A sudden and[Read More…]

by 09/02/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Did Climate Change Cause The Uttarakhand Tragedy?

Did Climate Change Cause The Uttarakhand Tragedy?

The rescue operations for the tragic glacier burst which killed 11 and triggered massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda Rivers in Uttarakhand causing grave damage to houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project is still underway. Reportedly, over 203 people went missing after the tragedy. As per the latest reports, the rescue teams have been conducting non-stop operations and have[Read More…]

Question Marks on Himalayan Dams After Another Disaster

Question Marks on Himalayan Dams After Another Disaster

             Following the terrible disaster in Uttarakhand questions are likely to be raised once again regarding the safety and desirability of the many dams and hydel projects in the Himalayan region. What started as a natural disaster got much aggravated due to the various complications created by hydel projects and their tunnels., The workers and employees of these projects appear[Read More…]

by 08/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection