Floods in Uttarakhand

28 Jun

My colleagues at Water and Air theme at ICIMOD work on various kinds of early warning systems and disaster risk reduction strategies. In the aftermath of the tragic events in Uttarakhand, a team led by Dr. Mandira Shrestha put together this report .
Extremely high rainfall seems to be the immediate cause of this flooding. My colleagues have also been circulating other interesting blogs and news items, many of which are speculating that it may have been a GLOF (Glacial Lake Outburst Flood) event. We don’t know that for sure yet, but I am hoping that in the coming few days, we will know more about the physical processes that led to this deluge. However, what we already know is that there was a governance failure of the highest order—for instance; early warning systems were not triggered in a timely manner. Here are some news items and blogs of interest.
http://www.thethirdpole.net/climate-change-poor-policies-multiply-himalayan-flood-effects/
http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2013/06/21/the-kedarnath-debris-flow-disaster-in-uttarakhand/
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/article.html?entrynum=2446
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/post-uttarakhand-tragedy-plan-panel-to-work-on-prevention-mechanism/article4853530.ece

 

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