Every year during the monsoon period, India faces a deluge of floods. Almost every year, it is common to see one or two Indian states being badly affected by floods. Most recently, in Bihar, more than 1,400 villages in 15 districts were marooned due to flooding. In 2019 alone, more than 13 Indian states (Kerala, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha) have been affected due to floods. Government reports state that this year has been witness to the heaviest monsoon rains to wreck havoc in India in the last 25 years.
The year 2019 has been one of the worst years in the history for India when it comes to natural disasters. More than 13 Indian states (Kerala, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha) have been affected due to floods. Government reports state that this year has been witness to the heaviest monsoon rains to wreck havoc in India in the last 25 years. More than 1,600 people have been killed with millions of people losing their homes and their livelihood. While this year has been devastating, every year, the same pattern repeats itself.
As we strive towards a more sustainable environment, we are witnessing continuous efforts towards harnessing immersive technologies to minimize risks and adversities of natural disasters. Over time, the world has been a testimony of many natural disasters owing to the ever-changing environmental situations. It has led to a spurt of natural disasters that have global impact and require immediate redressal. The advent of emerging technologies has boosted the morale of countries and governments, who are converging to explore damage relief measures for a sustainable future. Technologies, especially AI and IoT have not only enabled us to accelerate our aid response to any natural calamity but also have improved disaster predictions.
BHUBANESWAR, INDIA - Nearly 800,000 people in eastern India have been evacuated ahead of a major cyclone packing winds gusting up to 200 kph (125 mph) and torrential rain, officials said Thursday. The Indian weather service said Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani should make landfall on Friday around noon (0630 GMT) in Odisha state and barrel north-northeastwards toward Bangladesh on a pathway that is home to more than 100 million people. As it progresses into West Bengal state it should weaken gradually into a severe cyclonic storm with winds of 90-100 kph and gusts of 115 kph before entering Bangladesh as a cyclonic storm on Saturday evening with winds of 60-70 kph. In Odisha on Friday, along with "extremely heavy" rainfall in places, a storm surge of about 1.5 meters (5 feet) is "very likely" to inundate some low-lying areas, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. A state relief department official told AFP that 780,000 people were moved to safer places overnight from at least 13 districts of Odisha, home to 46 million people, which will bear the brunt of the storm.
Despite what you may have heard, from the World Health Organization or World Economic Forum or wherever else, India has not done a good job of containing the coronavirus. According to the country's Ministry of Health and Welfare, India now has over 110,000 cases, having already surpassed the total of the only country with more people, China. The total death toll, as of this writing, stands at about 3,500. In a country of 1.3 billion people, these may seem like small numbers. But they do not actually give a full accounting of the virus's toll.