Beirut Explosion- Need for Regulation of Ammonium Nitrate

Reading Time: 9 mins The Beirut explosion has triggered widespread public anger in Lebanon leading to violent protests and resignation of the government. The explosion is one of the worst in several years and has resulted in casualties in a time when the healthcare system is stressed to its limits. In the context of such an incident, there is a need to look at India’s preparedness to handle a disaster on such a scale.

Oil Spill – Impact, Challenges, Way Ahead

Reading Time: 13 mins In May, the thousands of tonnes of diesel spilled into the Ambarnaya River, turning its surface crimson. The Russian government had to declare a state of emergency amid criticism from environmentalists. Such a major accident in an environmentally sensitive zone has sparked serious concerns. In this context, India’s preparedness to deal with oil spills needs to be examined.

Assam Blowout – Causes, Consequences, Way Ahead

Reading Time: 9 mins Yet another addition to the series of industrial accidents and disasters plaguing India during the trying times of a global pandemic- recently dubbed ‘The Anthropause’. The Assam blowout that happened in May and the subsequent fires in June has claimed several lives apart from causing gross damage to the environment and the livelihood of the locals. This comes at a time when environmentalists are continuing to raise concerns about the draft Environmental Impact Assessment norms 2020. The current incident is presenting itself to India as a test of its ability to learn from its mistakes and prioritize what’s important in the long run.

[Disaster Series] Cyclones and its Management in India [Updated]

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India has to be prepared for many destructing disasters of which Cyclone is a critical challenge. India has a coastline of about 7,516 km (Mainland-5,400 km, Islands- 132 km in Lakshadweep and 1,900 km in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands). Though the North Indian Ocean Basin generates only around 7% of the world’s cyclones, the impact is higher and very devastating, especially when they strike the coasts along the North Bay of Bengal. The recent Amphan cyclone that struck the Bay of Bengal coast is a case in point. *

Industrial/Chemical Disasters in India – Background, Reasons, Safeguards

Reading Time: 8 mins The recent gas leak in Visakhapatnam has thrown light on the expanding risk that industrial establishments pose to human settlements and the environment. The incident has occurred during the lockdown- an already vulnerable period for the country. However, this isn’t the first such incident. The NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) identified more than 130 significant chemical accidents in the recent past and these have claimed 259 deaths and caused serious injuries to over 560 people.