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India staring at longest heatwave in 3 decades, monsoon relief unlikely soon -Chetan Chauhan

sius) recorded as maximum temperature of 45.4 degrees Celcius at Palam in spite of a spell of light rain in the morning. Experts warned that monsoon relief was still some time away with the severe cyclonic storm, Vayu, barrelling towards the Gujarat coast and drawing rain clouds from over the sea. With a heatwave spell stretching 32 days, 2019 has already seen the second-longest spell of scorching temperature ever recorded. If the mercury doesn&

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As days go by, the impact of Cyclone Fani appears more severe

9 deaths in Puri district. Please consult table-1 below. Table 1: Human casualty in various district during Cyclone Fani   Source: Situation Report on Extremely Severe cyclonic storm – ‘FANI’, dated 15th May, 2019 (3.30PM), State Emergency Operation Center (Bhubaneswar), please click here to access  --- The report of the SEOC dated 15th May, 2019 shows that although 25 persons succumbed t

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Cyclone Fani: Clamour for food grows in Odisha -Satyasundar Barik

-The Hindu Villagers run out of supplies they had stocked ahead of the cyclone BHUBANESWAR: Three days after the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani hit Odisha coast, the State government on Monday reached several villages blocked by uprooted trees and collapsed electrical poles for the first time to find people in dire need of water, food and polythene sheets. The famed marine drive road between Konark and Puri was cleared on Monday. When

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Beyond the News: Why light showers now bring good news for farmers -Harish Damodaran

precipitation across Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra’s Vidarbha and Marathwada regions on Sunday night and Monday due to the interaction of western disturbances (cyclonic storms originating in the Mediterranean) and low-level easterlies, which also brought snowfall in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Minimum temperatures are likely to come down by 2-3 degrees Celsius in Northwest, Central

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Warm winter worry for rabi produce -Dev Raj

he staple diet of the nearly 11 crore population of Bihar. Its production was just 36 lakh tonnes during the previous rabi season, as the crop was badly damaged in several districts owing to a severe cyclonic storm on April 21 last year and a few hailstorms. Pulses, including arhar, moong, masoor, gram and pea, and oilseeds, including mustard and flaxseed, are cultivated by farmers as cash crops. Any decline in production could negatively impact th

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Why Chennai went down and under -Radhika Merwin

tion and reconstruction and recovery. The CAG report found that the NDMA was ineffective in its functioning in most of the core areas. Sitting ducks Chennai is no stranger to heavy rains and cyclonic storms. The state of Tamil Nadu has been frequently subjected to cyclonic storms and flooding. The CAG report states that between 1900 and 2009, there were 50 cycl

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Why is India's Chennai flooded? -Nityanand Jayaraman

-BBC The severe flooding in Chennai again proves that India's cities are unprepared for extreme weather events like rains, droughts and cyclonic storms which are becoming more frequent and intense. Many parts of India suffer flooding every year during the annual monsoon rains from June to September. The northeast monsoon has been particularly vigorous over southern India and more so in Tamil Nadu state, of which Chennai is the capital. Last

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Planning for the next flood

-The Hindu cyclonic storms on Tamil Nadu’s 1,076-km coastline are not unusual, and at least once in two years there is some disaster or the other. The common thread running through every such instance is that all claims of preparedness are invariably exposed as either hollow or woefully inadequate. The focus, as well as any claim to administrative efficiency, is solely on rescue and relief operations. What the government is able to demonstr

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Cyclone Hudhud caused Rs 21,908 crore loss, agriculture sector worst hit: Andhra government

o the worst hit with the loss estimated at Rs 1339.2 crore (87,984 ha)," the deputy chief minister said. He said Housing sector suffered an overall loss of Rs 3,236 crore as the very severe cyclonic storm damaged 2,470 houses fully, 11,097 houses severely and 1.36 lakh houses partially. Giving a break-up, Rajappa said while the Roads and Buildings Department suffered a loss of Rs 1111.80 crore, Panchayat Raj suffered loss of Rs 995 cror

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Women on the Edge of Land and Life -Manipadma Jena

gal government's latest Human Development Report warns that sea-level rise over the last 70 years has already claimed 220 sq km of forests in the Sundarbans. Increased frequency and intensity of cyclonic storms due to global warming poses a further, more immediate threat to human lives and livelihood, the report added. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF), analyses of 120 years' worth of data show a 26-percent rise in the

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