Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli have suffered the worst damage, most of the fishermen who had ventured out to sea have been rescued by the state fisheries department and the coast guard.
‘Volcano forensics’ involves a mixture of modern day monitoring and analysis of past eruptions. Geologists use volcanic rocks as a kind of time capsule to assess what happened previously.
Rains accompanied by gusty winds lashed southern districts including Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin from late Wednesday night as the depression in the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclone on Thursday.
While hundreds of volunteers stand ready to help in the wealthy neighbourhoods of central Mexico City, the same cannot be said for the outskirts and surrounding villages.
Although widespread evacuations prevented a higher death toll, the impact on the region’s most vulnerable people will be extensive and lasting.
Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi being the head of the National Disaster Management Authority, not much has changed in terms of how prepared the country is for annual flooding.
The death toll in Sri Lanka’s floods rose to 203, with 94 people still missing.
With climate change leading to increasing disasters, effectively using social media data and other means of discovering the unknown will become crucial.
You can learn a lot about the movement of people and animals if you tap into the tracking data from many of today’s mobile phones.
“We have nothing left to survive on, all the crops have gone, all fruit trees are down, I don’t have a clue how this is going to be fixed.”
Almost all the major and medium dams of Maharashtra, including Manjra, Ujani and Terna are overflowing for the first time since 2010.
The efforts that local communities are taking, such as organising workshops to share concerns and solutions, can inspire the whole world to come together for such crisis.
As cities expand and revamp, they have the opportunity to lower rising disaster risk by implementing resilient infrastructure and preventive policies.
Swastik Pal captured the aftermath of Thursday’s deadly collapse of an under-construction flyover on Vivekananda Marg, Kolkata.
Chennai is only the latest example of demographic and environmental changes leading to urban flooding. Without a focus on more equitable planning, such disasters are bound to recur.
The floods in Jammu and Kashmir caused unprecedented devastation, but it is imperative to learn from that experience to minimise the impact of any future such natural disaster