As such when the director of a prominent NGO operating from Kalimpong emailed his Head Office in Chennai in Sep2007, he was promptly told that in the absence of Govt reports and no coverage by the media, they could not really believe STH.
And so it must have been with many other agencies....
However, I found this SITUATION REPORT issued by the National Disaster Management Authority on 11Sep2007 on the internet today...
Ministry of Home Affairs
(Disaster Management Division)
Subject: SOUTHWEST MONSOON-2007: DAILY FLOOD SITUATION REPORT
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT EVENTS AS ON 11.09.2007
- Rainfall activity is likely to remain subdued over many parts of the country except northeastern states,
West Bengaland where fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy fall is likely to occur during next 3-4 days. Sikkim
- The axis of monsoon trough at sea level continues to run close to the foothills of the
The details of Unprecedented flood situation sites are as under:-
v The traffic movement on National Highway-55 which was closed earlier due to a landslide near Kalimpong and Gorubathan has since been restored.
v About 1150 houses (404-fully & 746-partially) have been damaged.
v The traffic movement on
1. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister (Shri T. K. A. Nair)
2. Cabinet Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Fax-23012095)
3. Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (Shri B.V.R. Subrahmanyam), 7,
4. Prime Minister’s Office (Shri Sanjay Mitra, Joint Secretary).
5. Sr.PPS to Vice-Chairman, NDMA, Centaur Hotel, New Delhi.(Fax-25655019)
6. Cabinet Secretariat (Dr. S.B. Agnihotri, Joint Secretary, opted to download from website).
7. Brig Sanjiv Laumas, DACIDS (Ops & Logistics) Room No.10, INCP, Gate No-11, South Block,
1. PS to HM/PS to MOS (R)
2. PS to HS/PPS to Secretary (BM)/JS-(DM-I)/JS (DM-DAC Fax-23382417)/ Director (PR)/Master Folder.
Comment by Praful Rao
I find it amazing that the above report never caught the attention of the national media. Also that warnings from agencies such as the GSI (Geological Survey of India) have been persistently ignored over the years and more recently our words of caution that preventive action against landslides be initiated immediately has fallen on deaf ears until now - when we find ourselves at the brink of another 5 months of rain.