Tag: Floods

Study landslide-prone areas regularly: Dr. H.S.M. Prakash

MADIKERI: In April this year, retired Deputy Director-General of Geological Survey of India (GSI), Dr. H.S.M. Prakash had predicted that the devastating natural calamity that rocked Kodagu and Kerala last year will haunt these regions again this year.

Dr. Prakash emphasises that he is not proud his predictions came true but hopes we can work towards mitigating the impact of landslides.

Underscoring the importance of studying the phenomenon, in an exclusive email interview with Kodagu Connect, Dr. Prakash urges weathermen to become climate scientists and analyse paleoclimate in particular to understand the whole gamut of events all over the globe.

Here are the excerpts of the interview.

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Yediyurappa govt missed a golden opportunity to stand with Kodagu

By Kishor Cariappa

Unstable coffee market, low prices for black pepper, floods, pending rehabilitation of 2018 landslide victims… people of Kodagu have been going through a harrowing time for the last few years and all that was required from the Yediyurappa government was an assurance saying ‘we are with you’ during the cabinet expansion yesterday. Unfortunately, by not giving any ministerial representation to Kodagu, the new state government has dealt a blow to the aspirations of the people of the district.

Kodagu has been a stronghold of BJP for the last few decades. While Madikeri MLA Appachu Ranjan has been a legislator for five terms, for Virajpet MLA K G Bopaiah this is the fourth term. So, when the Yediyurappa cabinet was expanded yesterday it came as a surprise to the people of Kodagu that none of its two MLAs were made ministers.

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PU results: Student from flood-affected area of Kodagu scores 95.67 per cent

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MADIKERI: Last year’s floods and landslides in Kodagu rendered her family homeless. Yet, she didn’t lose hope or shake off her determination.

Overcoming all odds and predicaments, Iymudiyanda D Sinchana has secured 95.67 per cent (574 marks) in science stream in the Karnataka PUC result 2019 recently announced by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board.

A student of Vidyanikethana P U College in Gonikoppal, Sinchana dreams of becoming an engineer but her family has lost everything in the floods in Hemmethalu village near Madapura. Her father, Iymudiyanda Devaiah’s 10 acres of coffee estate and paddy field perished in the landslides. Staying in a rented house now, they have no financial resources to make Sinchana secure a professional engineering degree. Devaiah says he wants to take up a job but has no skills other than agriculture.

What caused landslides in Kodagu?

By Kishor Cariappa

MADIKERI: A month after Kodagu was devastated by unprecedented floods and landslides, questions are being asked about what could have led to the worst natural disaster to strike the tiny district in Karnataka in decades.

While rampant deforestation in the name of tourism has been blamed primarily for the tragedy, experts state there are other reasons that could have contributed to the calamity.

In this article, we look at some of the possible causes that led to the widespread disaster.

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OPINION: Environment, economic development and future

By Hareesh K G

Floods and landslides in Jodupala last month.

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” These are the words of Mahatma Gandhi. This saying should enlighten us, but unfortunately that is not the case.

When humans originated on this planet, their demands were confined to food, shelter and clothes. As the time passed, demands of humans increased manifold. Today, in this modern era, or to put it more meaningfully, in this consumerist world, his demands have skyrocketed.
In the 18th century, industrialisation was triggered in England and soon it spread across other European countries. In the early 19th century, industrialisation spread to Asia, South America and Australia. If we confine our discussion only to the Indian context, industrialisation gained pace after independence. Industries need basic infrastructure like uninterrupted power supply, all-season roads, good communication facilities, railway connectivity, airports, seaports, and inland water ways among many others.

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