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Dams, roads worsened Himalayan flood impact manifold -Joydeep Gupta

-TheThirdPole.net Climate change made the Uttarakhand Flash Flood possible, and poor development policies made it disastrous The February 7 Flash Flood in the Rishi Ganga river in the Himalayas has shone a spotlight on the deadly combination of climate change and ill-planned roads and dams. The latest death count is 68; bodies are still being taken out of the hydropower project tunnels next to the destroyed Tapovan dam; and after two weeks...

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First high dam on Yamuna may pose flood risk to city: Experts -Jayashree Nandi and Soumya Pillai

-Hindustan Times The move has reignited a three-decade old worry among environmentalists who have been flagging the project as a potential risk for the national capital. The Chamoli Flash Floods of February 7 have brought the spotlight back on the first high dam on the Yamuna scheduled to come up at Lakhwar in Dehradun and Tehri in Uttarakhand after the Union environment ministry’s expert appraisal committee recommended the 300MW Lakhwar Multipurpose Project...

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Uttarakhand: Researchers arrive to inspect artificial lake over Rishiganga

-PTI/ The Indian Express The team led by USAC Director MPS Bisht and consisting of four scientists each from the Geological Survey of India and Uttarakhand Space Application Centre will try to reach the lake on foot by Saturday evening or Sunday. Raini: A team of researchers arrived in Pang village on Saturday to inspect the artificial lake formed over Rishiganga after the recent avalanche and gauge how big a threat it...

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Chamoli disaster: What lesson can Himachal learn -Rajeev Khanna

-Down to Earth More than a dozen organizations from the hill state have come together to highlight dangers of climate change, exacerbated by exploitation of land, forests and water The glacial disaster in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district has a strong message for the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh, which has a similar geography, topography and climate: To rethink the model of development being followed, particularly with regard to the exploitation of its hydroelectric...

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Mindless ‘development’ could bring more calamities like Chamoli and Kedarnath floods -Shekhar Pathak

-The Indian Express People do not want to risk their homes, fields, pastures, forests and rivers in the name of development. Most of such development work in the Himalayas is being carried out without an understanding of its fragility, seismicity, glacial behaviour, climatic changes and their collective destructive power. The Flash Floods due to the burst of an artificial lake created by a huge landslide (rock, frozen mud and ice) in Rishi...

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