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Death's Building-Blocks

Urbanisation and growing prosperity has led to more high-rises, which proved so fatal in Gujarat. But there are other tragedies-in-waiting: Simla and the Tehri dam.

Death's Building-Blocks
Death's Building-Blocks
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The only faint silver lining to the tragedy that's struck Gujarat is the heightened awareness of the power of nature and the shortsighted folly of man it's awakened in elements of the Indian intelligentsia. Ever since the full magnitude of the catastrophe became apparent, more and more people have begun to wonder how many other tragedies are waiting to happen. Last week, The Hindu published a report that an even larger earthquake was overdue in the Himalayas, and that its epicentre would most probably lie in the Kumaon-Nepal-Sikkim region. A day later the Himachal Pradesh CM Prem Kumar Dhumal announced that no building plans would be passed by his government that did not conform to existing standards for earthquake resistance. All across India, people are realising that drought and epidemics aren't the only natural calamities the State needs to anticipate and be prepared to cope with. Earthquakes too must be factored into its calculations. That awareness is reflected in Union agriculture minister Nitish Kumar's decision to call back the draft National Calamity Management bill for...
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