Mon­soon Tragedy

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Even as the home min­istry re­leased fig­ures on Mon­day, Septem­ber 3, about the toll taken by vi­o­lent mon­soon storms on peo­ple and prop­erty across In­dia, re­ports con­tin­ued to emerge about deaths and dis­place­ment from floods in Na­ga­land. De­spite the heavy rain and floods, the fig­ures show that the mon­soon, na­tion­wide, has ac­tu­ally been drier. Ex­perts ar­gue that the in­ten­sity and er­ratic na­ture of the rain­fall is the ef­fect of cli­mate change. This has been in ma­jor part a man-made dis­as­ter. Govern­ments, in states and at the Cen­tre, must shoul­der the blame for short­sighted pol­i­cy­mak­ing. Re­ports sub­mit­ted by sci­en­tists have been ig­nored and the ef­fect of cer­tain kinds of devel­op­ment in eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive ar­eas has, crit­ics say, been rou­tinely un­der­played. The costs, in hu­man terms, never mind eco­nomic, have been cat­a­strophic.

1,440

Dead in 10 states this mon­soon, said the home min­istry on Septem­ber 3: Ker­ala (488), Ut­tar Pradesh (254), West Ben­gal (210), Kar­nataka (170), Ma­ha­rash­tra (139), Gu­jarat (52), As­sam (50), Ut­tarak­hand (37), Odisha (29), Na­ga­land (11)

1.45 MIL­LION

Peo­ple in Ker­ala liv­ing in re­lief camps, says home min­istry. Stand­ing crops on 57,024 hectares (220.2 square miles) of land dam­aged. 5.41 mil­lion peo­ple “se­verely af­fected”

`30,000 CRORE

Needed to re­vi­talise Ker­ala, says state fi­nance min­is­ter Thomas Isaac. Rs 20,000 crore in cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture to re­pair phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture,

Rs 10,000 crore in rev­enue ex­pen­di­ture

`800 CRORE

Re­quired im­me­di­ately, says Na­ga­land’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment au­thor­ity. The Cen­tre has sent an in­spec­tion team on Septem­ber 4 to as­sess the dam­age

13.2%

Of the pop­u­la­tion of Na­ga­land was af­fected by land­slides and flood, says the state’s dis­as­ter man­age­ment au­thor­ity: 48,821 fam­i­lies in 532 vil­lages

`1,033 CRORE

Col­lected through do­na­tions to the Chief Min­is­ter’s Re­lief Fund, as of Septem­ber 1. Com­pared to the to­tal Rs 600 crore pro­vided by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment in 2 in­stal­ments

`250

Cost of a spe­cial lottery ticket. Ker­ala gov­ern­ment es­ti­mates lottery will raise Rs 100 crore. The draw will be held on Oc­to­ber 3

$7 BIL­LION

Nearly Rs 50,000 crore an­nual eco­nomic loss to In­dia due to floods, es­ti­mated the United Na­tions in 2015

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