The Judicial Fallout of the Uttarakhand Disaster

September 18, 2013

The Uttarakhand government is responsible for the destruction caused by recent floods. The heavy pre-monsoon showers that flooded the upper reaches of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers was India’s biggest natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. “Unfortunate,” was how the...

Himalayan Blunders

September 11, 2013

Development in the Himalayan region must be managed carefully. The recent floods in the Himalayas were ferocious and deadly. There is no clear estimate of the number of villages wiped out, property destroyed, roads washed away and hydropower projects damaged in the mountain state of Uttarakhand....

The Uttarakhand Disaster and Climate Change

September 08, 2013

India is aiming to prevent future catastrophes, such as the recent flashfloods. A spell of torrential rainfall during June, 15-17, 2013, over Uttarakhand, India, caused devastating floods and landslides in the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 Tsunami. According to...

The Uttarakhand Disaster: A Wake-up Call

August 27, 2013

The Uttarakhand floods were a direct result of misguided government policy. The Uttarakhand disaster in India, which struck during the 2013 monsoon season, was a consequence of the disastrous ecological systems upholding the fragile Himalayan ranges. The greed for profit through its rich natural...

Uttarakhand: India Under Water

August 27, 2013

India is in need of a more robust disaster management system Background This past June, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides. It was the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Whole villages,...