An­other Deadly Mon­soon

India Today - - STATES -

Hun­dreds dead, tens of thou­sands dis­placed, this year’s de­layed mon­soon has dev­as­tated states across In­dia. Af­ter suf­fer­ing its worst floods last year since 1924, Kerala is once again forced to cope with calamity. Erst­while Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi, MP for Wayanad, trav­elled to his bat­tered con­stituency, vis­it­ing re­lief camps and mak­ing ap­peals for aid. A re­port re­leased this month by the United Na­tions’ In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change said that ir­ri­ga­tion in In­dia might be play­ing a role in de­lay­ing mon­soons and de­creas­ing the in­ten­sity of rain­fall early in the sea­son. It said there is clear ev­i­dence that in­ci­dents of ex­treme rain­fall have mul­ti­plied, with cen­tral In­dia ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a three-fold in­crease be­tween 1950 and 2015. The un­pre­dictabil­ity of rain­fall too has been grow­ing, prompt­ing IIT cam­puses in Mumbai, Chennai and Mandi to pore over 100 years of mon­soon data to dis­cern pat­terns that might help with fore­casts. De­spite heavy mon­soons and a num­ber of nat­u­ral wa­ter sources, In­dia re­mains among the most ‘wa­ter-stressed’ coun­tries in the world, says a World Re­sources In­sti­tute re­port, mostly due to in­ef­fi­cient agri­cul­ture and mis­man­age­ment.

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