Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Rainfall data of November 2019 for Darjeeling SIkkim Himalaya

November was a dry month for the entire region.
It rained coincidentally only on 04Nov2019 and the stats are as follows:
Kalimpong - 32mm
Mangan and Gangtok - 2mm each
Damthang - 7.6mm
All other stations reported NIL rainfall

Normal rainfall for November in our region is 20.3mm

Praful Rao,
Kalimpong district
Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

STH Activities as a part of the Darjeeling Himalaya Initiative : International Mountain Day (11Dec2019) Celebration at Kalimpong

11Dec is International Mountain Day and DHI decided to celebrate the event with a 3 day training of peers session in Kalimpong to combat another scourge of the mountains which is solid waste. As tourists throng to the mountains, they leave behind mountains of garbage and if we are to have a healthy lifestyle where we live we must deal with the waste problem in the mountains without delay.
As mentioned 46 young men and women are currently undergoing intensive training in waste management at a hotel in Kalimpong.
Placed below is an image of the waste dumps of Darjeeling and Kalimpong towns which are still burning as I write this article.



Praful Rao
Kalimpong district
Darjeeling - Sikkim Himalaya

Thursday, December 5, 2019

On World SOIL Day (05Dec2019) - Highlighting a wonderful initiative at the grassroots level at SOIL CONSERVATION in CHIBO Village (Kalimpong) -08Aug2019.

Today, unknown to most is WORLD SOIL DAY for which the theme in 2019 is

'STOP EROSION, SAVE OUR FUTURE'

Towards this end I would like to highlight a wonderful initiative taken by the villagers of CHIBO, a rural community on 08Aug2019 to conserve soil and check soil erosion.
CHIBO village in Kalimpong has featured in this blog numerous times, because it's a particularly landslide prone area on the western face of the Kalimpong ridge line, where interventions have been undertaken by the GSI, IIT Indore and others.
On 08 Aug2019, the entire community of the village had mobilized themselves thanks to a push from Mr A Sitling, senior member of the village and a lady (Arawaalni boju) of the village.
The photo -essay with captions is below:-
 
Photo credit in parts: Ms Sharon Sitling, Chibo

Praful Rao
Kalimpong district,
Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalaya