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A villager being rescued using a rope | Photo: PTI

Kashmir floods: Our “disastrous” disaster management

|By Adfar Shah| The floods in Jammu and Kashmir following the Uttrakhand tragedy last year exposes our response and preparedness for disasters both at the state and the national level. Unprecedented rainfall in the State has destroyed houses and submerged vital highways and lanes. A calamity of such a magnitude taking hundreds of lives and destroying property worth billions does not come as ...

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A new strain of GM rice has been developed that can endure extreme conditions | Photo: ourworld.unu.edu Creative commons

More Crop for the Drop

|By Henry I. Miller| STANFORD – The United Nations has called drought the “world’s costliest natural disaster,” both financially, imposing an annual cost of $6-8 billion, and in human terms; since 1900, it has affected two billion people, leading to more than 11 million deaths. That is because so much of the world is vulnerable; currently affected areas include Australia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, ...

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