Met Department, Uttarakhand Govt. in war of words over timely warning of calmity

Dehradun: Uttarakhand MeT department on Sunday said it had issued “timely” warnings of heavy rains and landslides while the state government claimed there was not enough prior indication of a “crisis of this magnitude”. Uttarakhand Met department Director Anand Sharma said that they had issued these advisories from June 14 for the next couple of days and even suggested that the Char Dham yatra of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri be postponed for 4-5 days. Uttarakhand Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya admitted that the Met department had issued the warningRead More

Landslides created worst conditions for needy survivors of earthquake

GUWAHATI: On Tuesday in search of survivors of the powerful earthquake the Air force helicopters flew rescue workers to the remote Himalayan region of Sikkim’s Mangan. The quake was so powerful that killed more than 80 people in India, Nepal and Tibet. On Sunday most of the casualties were near the epicentre of 6.9 magnitude quake in the sparsely populated Sikkim. This area is popular with tourists for its Buddhist monasteries and spectacular trekking. An official at the state’s health ministry said, more than 50 have died in Sikkim soRead More

Torrents, Mudslides in Rio de Janeiro, 95 Killed

As many as 95 people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by the heaviest rains in decades in Rio de Janeiro state, said media reports. During the round-the-clock torrents, shacks in Rio’s hillside slums were swept away by mudslides, turning the city’s main lake and the sea brown, said reports. Morning flights in and out of the city was cancelled or seriously delayed and, power and transport was cut off in many neighbourhoods, reports said. Rio, a city of six million people, is scheduled to host the 2014Read More

12 Killed, 13 Injured in Mumbai Landslides

At least 12 people, three of them children, were killed and 13 others injured when landslides occurred due to heavy rains in suburban Andheri, said police. Amitabh Gupta, Additional Commissioner of Police, said that LBS Nagar at Sakinaka was hit by the landslides on Thursday night in which almost 15-20 houses were damanged. According to reports, ten fire engines have been deployed for removing the rubble from the spot. Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has announced compensation of Rs one lakh to family members of each of those killed inRead More