Who to be blamed for natural calamity in NE?

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, July 10: Almost all eight NE Indian states have been ravaged by floods and landslides this monsoon season.

While both these disasters could be outcome of multiple factors, how much is rain playing a role? This is important because even small amount of rain can flood an area if it is not planned for rain or if there is an unusually large discharge of water upstream of a river.

Almost all NE rivers, including mighty Brahmaputra, in Assam, were in spate and flowing above danger level due to incessant rains. People on a boat wade through flood waters at Lehpati village of Assam’s Morigaon district on July 3 last in their fight for survival.

Similarly, landslides can impact mountainous and hilly regions of all NE states due to mining or unplanned construction. While the role of these factors cannot be discounted, an analysis of the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) gridded data shows that all NE states are indeed experiencing an unusually wet monsoon season.

Whimsical earth cutting and massive destruction of trees have intensifying the agonies of natural calamities. Who should be blamed is a million dollar question at a time when environment scientists across the world have been conducting experiments to assess the causes of climate change and measures needed to contain its impacts.

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