Chennai cyclone: City limps back to normalcy, yet lessons remain to be learned from 2015 floods

CHENNAI: The deluge following the Michaung cyclone that killed 17 people and caused unprecedented damage to the infrastructure of one of the oldest cities in the country, Chennai, has raised serious questions regarding uneven constructions along the low-lying areas in the city. Prime areas such as Valasaravakkom, Kodambakkom and Mylapore are still bearing the brunt […]

Rat-hole mining: A banned hazardous practice saves 41 lives

NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, rescue teams successfully drilled through the 60-metre expanse of debris in the collapsed Silkyara tunnel. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) members accessed the steel chute, which was inserted into the drilled passage in the preceding days, to systematically bring out the trapped workers individually. After a challenging 17 ordeal, pipes […]

AAP’s Gopal Rai accuses BJP of allowing crackers amid Delhi’s ‘severe’ pollution

NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai attributed the ‘severe’ air quality index in the national capital to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He asserted that leaders from the party were encouraging the bursting of crackers, despite the Supreme Court’s prohibition. Rai highlighted that the police forces in Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh […]

Delhi flouts Diwali cracker ban, wakes up to hazardous AQI

NEW DELHI: As Delhi witnessed a dip in the Air Quality Index on Sunday, the national capital’s air turned hazardous once again as Delhiites flouted the cracker ban on Diwali night. The air turned heavy as a thick blanket of smog engulfed the national capital on Monday, turning the air hazardous and reducing visibility. The […]

EXCLUSIVE | Israel-Palestine struggling in the clutches of unseen environmental crisis: NWF VP

NEW DELHI: It has been more than a month since the conflict between Israel and Hamas erupted. Israel has conducted intense airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the loss of several thousand lives. The objective is to eliminate Hamas militants who executed bold attacks on October 7, leading to civilian casualties and numerous hostages. […]