Editorial

Closer to a cataclysm

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/19/2018 12:42:38 PM IST

 Monsoon fury has wreaked havoc on various parts of India such as the northeast, parts of the north and more vehemently south notably Kerala and Karnataka. Nagaland also experienced a very devastating month when heavy rains lashed the state and triggering landslides in the hills flooding in the foothill areas. The devastation in Kerala was most severe where nearly 400 people had died as there are fears of the toll climbing higher. The state also faced the wanton fury of sluice gates of the Mulliperiyar dam being opened at a time when water level many other dams downstream were inching towards the danger mark. The combined effect of the torrential rains and the release of million cusecs of water from various dams only made the already rain soaked and landslide affected state worse. Kochi airport was submerged under three to four feet of water. Since a week back the airport has been closed and is likely to be open after August 26. The state government has an uphill task since all power supply and communication links have snapped, there is shortage of food, potable water and medicines and scores of people awaiting evacuation from affected areas. The Kerala government has sought emergency relief of Rs 2,500 crore from the Centre, saying the state has suffered losses of Rs 25,000 crores. During his recent visit to Kerala where he went on aerial survey with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the prime minister Modi announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. The abnormal weather conditions that has swept across India was not unexpected. In fact the pattern has been observed during the past few years. Only last year in 2017, nature unleashed some catastrophic weather across the world. At the beginning of 2017, Australia experienced one of the hottest summers on record in Sydney and Brisbane, followed by a killer summer heat wave across southern Europe and wildfires triggered by heat in California. At the same time, the 2017 monsoon season brought considerable rains to the Indian subcontinent, and resulted in devastating floods in parts of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh (one of the most flood vulnerable countries in the world), causing more than 1,000 deaths. There is a difference between “weather “ and “climate” as the former relates to conditions in the atmosphere over a short time. In the latter, it relates to how the atmosphere behaves over a longer period of time. Climate change generally means changes in long-term averages of daily levels of temperature and rainfall. In a warming world, we can expect it to get wetter. The distribution of the rainfall throughout the year could change as we experience longer, drier spells, although when rain falls it may be in intense bursts. That being so, the issue of climate change is also a factor that is related with mindless destruction of forests and precipitation of the “green house gas effect” from various chemicals and fossil fuel emissions. It may not be possible to immediately stop the erratic climate change but certain urgent actions should be taken to reduce the destruction of our environment can help in a significant way towards decreasing the potential threat. 

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