SaveTheHills(STH) is a group of concerned citizens who are raising awareness about landslides in Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya.
Many landslides are the direct or indirect result of human interference and preventable if sufficient care is taken.
As such, unless we begin a comprehensive and sustained program towards landslide management, prevention and mitigation, the consequences of ignoring years of human callousness will, in the future be devastating.
times of disaster, clean drinking water becomes a rarity, but a
necessity. Engineer and designer Patricia Compas-Markman dedicates her
work to addressing this need, innovating technology that will give
disaster victims, soldiers, or anyone in distress with purified water.
Excerpts of the IPCC report are reproduced below :-
1.In recent decades, changes in
climate have caused impacts on natural
and human systems on all continents and across the oceans.
2.In many regions, changing
precipitation or melting snow and ice are altering hydrological systems,
affecting water resources in terms of quantity and quality. Glaciers
continue to shrink almost worldwide due to climate change affecting runoff and
3.Many terrestrial, freshwater,
and marine species have shifted their geographic ranges, seasonal activities,
migration patterns, abundances, and species interactions in response to ongoing
from recent climate-related extremes, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones,
and wildfires, reveal significant vulnerability and exposure of some ecosystems
and many human systems to current climate variability.
exacerbate other stressors, often with negative outcomes for livelihoods,
especially for people living in poverty .Climate-related hazards affect poor
people’s lives directly through impacts on livelihoods, reductions in crop
yields, or destruction of homes and indirectly through, for example, increased
food prices and food insecurity.
6.Adaptation is becoming
embedded in some planning processes, with more limited implementation of
7.Adaptation experience is
accumulating across regions in the public and private sector and within
communities. Governments at various levels are starting to develop adaptation
plans and policies and to integrate climate-change considerations into broader
The precipitation is welcome and comes after an almost bone-dry period from Oct 2013 till now. In Kalimpong we are facing severe water shortage and also the numerous horticultural establishments in Kalimpong, not to mention the tea gardens of Darjeeling were also parched after a rainless winter season
Rainfall on 20Mar2014
Kalimpong : 22mm (4.30 to 5.30pm)
Darjeeling : 9mm
STH President Wg Cdr Prafulla Rao (retd) will be participating in a seminar "Linking Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and sustainable landscape development goals in the Eastern Himalaya" as a resource person.
The two day event (25/26Feb2014) has been organised by ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Reseach in Ecology and the Enviroment), START (SysTem for Analysis,Research & Traning) and CDKN (Climate & Development Knowledge Network) in an effort to identify ways in which awareness of oncoming climate changes can be better linked with disaster risk reduction planning, in the context of Eastern Himalaya, especially Indian East Himalaya.
21Feb2014 - District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA East) in coordination with Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department conducted a preparatory mock drill on the earthquake preparedness at 1100hrs today in various places in and around Gangtok which is a precursor to a Mega Mock drill scheduled on 10Mar2014.
East District Collector-cum-chairman JS Raje said in an official release that the exercise was carried out to sensitize and spread awareness on earthquakes.