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On Feb 7, a torrent of water, debris, & ice cascaded down Ronti Gad, Rishiganga, & Dhauliganga valleys in Uttarakhand, India. Today in @sciencemagazine, @waterSHEDlab & colleagues provide a comprehensive explanation of the event & ensuing disaster 1/n…
204 ppl killed or missing. The event was a disaster not b/c it was big but b/c of location of infrastructure, which placed people in harm’s way. Social scientists & policy experts @disastrousComms & @upadhyay_cavita pieced together the tragic human toll. (pic @irfansalroo) 2/n
I first learned of the event in a tweet by @bhambrirakesh. In the days following event, there was a LOT of confusion about what happened (GLOF? “glacier burst”?). I summarized what we knew at the time, which was also included in @davepetley’s @theAGU Landslides Blog. 3/n
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One in four hydropower project sites along the Himalayan Rivers are likely to face severe damage from earthquake-triggered landslides, according to a research. #UttarakhandDisaster #earthquake @nivedita_Him @yamunajiye @Upadhyay_Cavita @Indian_Rivers @hridayeshjoshi
The research was conducted by researchers from the University of Potsdam, Germany, who compiled damages to 41 hydropower projects after Nepal’s 2015 #earthquake, and used that data to estimate earthquake-triggered damages to projects in other parts of #Himalayas. @yamunajiye
The model developed by the research team took into account the combined effect of ground shaking (Peak Ground acceleration) & river steepness (Mχ) and was applied to projects in Indian, Nepalese and Bhutanese #Himalayas.
@yamunajiye @hridayeshjoshi @nivedita_Him @Upadhyay_Cavita
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Several infrastructure and tourism projects have come up in the fragile Himalayas, drawing concerns from locals and environmentalists. In the wake of the #UttarakhandDisaster here are some land conflicts from our database. 1/9
The Vishnuprayag Hydro-electric Project in Chamoli, which was damaged on Sunday during the disaster, has faced severe opposition from locals who are still fighting to safeguard van panchayat rights over common land. 2/9…
In 2020, the centre allowed resorts and commercial buildings to come up in the eco-sensitive Bhagirathi river valley in #Uttarakhand. These made the region vulnerable to disasters, experts say. 3/9…
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There has been a lot of confusion in the past 24hrs surrounding the term 'glacier burst' and exactly what happened to cause the #UttarakhandDisaster flood. Analysis by myself and colleagues suggested a landslide that took out part of a hanging glacier. 1/n
I'd like to clear up some terminology: 'glacier burst' is not a thing (looking at you @CNN & others). It's possible someone somewhere said glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) which IS a thing, and that got miscommunicated in the media, but we don't think a GLOF was responsible 2/n
The glacier that we think collapsed is a very steep, hanging glacier. It is not a typical valley glacier, with low gradient/slope, that sometimes have lakes at the terminus. 3/n
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As the 2021 #UttarakhandDisaster unfolds, we look back at our coverage on India's environment to put it in perspective. #Thread👇
Watch this space for a ground report anchored by @journomayank, plus additional reporting as the science clarifies from @sghstory
In 2018, @journomayank and @kcmouli25 travelled to #Uttarakhand to mark 5 years after the 2013 floods.
"Environmentalists of the region stress that no lesson has been learnt from the disaster so far" ~…
@nidmmhaindia @moefcc @yamunajiye
Despite billions of rupees spent on #rehabilitation work following the June 2013 floods, Uttarakhand still bore visible signs of destruction, reported @journomayank and @kcmouli25 in 2018.…
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Please at least wait for full set of information and facts to emerge before you start peddling this nonsense. It is exactly such fact free statements which discredit any discussion on climate change.
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- Overview map with landmarks of the area where tragedy has struck.
- As per one report, breach has happened in Nanda Ghunti glacier.
- This means workers in Rishi Ganga HEP-II are impacted.
- Dam seen in the videos is Tapovan Vishnugad HEP.
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- Corelating screenshot from a video shared by ANI with Google Earth imagery.
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