As such, having thrown all caution to the winds, we will be charging headlong into the south -westerly monsoons having wasted the precious dry period when much could have been done in terms of putting in place an early warning system and shoring up our defenses and strengthening disaster preparedness.
What a pity that we never seem to learn....
- Work with communities.
- Two documentary films on Landslides
This film has been aired on local TV.
- Seminars and awareness programs
a) Vetiver Grass
Vetiver grass is being used the world over as a cheap and effective way of checking soil erosion. As such STH successfully imported 10,000 saplings of vetiver grass from Kerala and distributed 15 sacks of the same to NGOs in the district. The survival rate is almost 60% and we have decided to go in for a much larger plantation in the landslide prone areas of Kalimpong sub-division this year.
b) SMS based early warning
The SMS based early warning we put in place together with IMD Gangtok worked wonderfully well throughout the duration of the monsoons in 2011. We have tied up with the same agency to expand the service so that the SMS reaches even a wider audience.
c) STH "Storm Watch" (2011)
STH tracked the development, formation and movement of each low pressure area, depression and cyclonic storm from various meteorological websites and posted warnings almost on a real time basis on this blog as a part of effort to alert communities about heavy rainfall in this region.