14 May '18, 8am

Dust storms killing hundreds are the latest tragedy in 'desertifying' India: Ecologist

Violent dust and lightning storms have torn through the plains of northern India - including the capital city of New Delhi - and have left more than a trail of death and devastation in their wake. The weather that has till now claimed 143 lives and maimed hundreds others, many in house collapses, presages a desertifying India that is fast losing some 30,000 hectares of arable land a year, gravely threatening food security for its teeming millions. This country of 1.28 billion is bracing itself for further such onslaughts that are already being forecast. With lives shattered, families scattered, homes demolished, trees and electricity poles flattened, and water sources contaminated by the swirling dust, authorities are hard pressed to extend relief to men and material quickly enough. Progressively drier The unseasonal storms have afflicted over 100 million who have not only...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/may/14/dust-storms-killing-...

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