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What is a Cloudburst? - UPSC Current Affairs
Aug 24, 2022
Today’s edition of our Current Affairs, will comprise a discussion on What is a Cloudburst? Read further to upgrade your UPSC CSE knowledge and also understand the topic’s relevance to the UPSC syllabus.
For Prelims: Cloudburst, IMD, Climate Change
For Mains: Disaster Management, Cloudburst, IMD, Climate Change
What is a cloudburst? Comment on India’s vulnerability and preparedness for such disasters.
Recently, over 20 people have been killed in the destruction caused by cloudbursts and flash floods in different parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
A cloudburst is a localized but intense rainfall activity.
Short spells of very heavy rainfall over a small geographical area can cause widespread destruction.
It mainly happens in hilly regions where this phenomenon is the most common.
Rainfall of 10 cm or more in an hour over a roughly 10 km x 10 km area is classified as a cloudburst event.
Cloudbursts are responsible for flash flood creations.
It affects the area such as floods, landslides, and land yielding.
Floods result in overfull of water in houses.
Blocking the passage of rivers because of temporary loss and accumulation of debris in the reservoir, resulting in collapse.