Malayala Manorama s water conservation campaign solves water woes of drought plagued Keralities

Rimmed on the east by the Western Ghats, Kerala is a land of undulating hills and steep slopes. The state's altitude ranges from below mean sea level (MSL) to 2,694 metres above MSL. The mountains of

No river in Kerala is safe from mining. Bharathapuzha, Pampa, Periyar, Achan Kovil, Manimala, Muvattupuzha and Chalakkudi are important rivers that face the greatest threat. Sand mining became a

Plan for drought proofing

For the 189 families of Laporiya village in Jaipur district, Rajasthan, trees and dykes are part of the family

Rainfall is scarce, groundwater levels have fallen; what exactly is happening in Rajasthan?

Drought-proofing is a far cry. The drought of 2001 in 11 states of India is likely to go down as one of the worst in the past century. Government drought relief schemes fail due to bad planning and corruption. It can"t even provide short-term relief to th

The government’s drought relief programmes are bound to fail in the long run. Even the Planning Commission acknowledges that funds for the drought relief is becoming illegal income for officials, politicians and contractors

Employment Guarantee Scheme, first of its kind drought relief scheme has had no impact on the drought-prone areas of Maharashtra in almost 30 years because it has failed to involve people in managing rural assets

Revisits by Down To Earth reporters to villages that undertook water harvesting offer some valuable lessons in drought management