In eastern and western Himalayas, conflict between leopards, humans to increase as habitats overlap

According to a study by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, titled “Landscape predictors of human–leopard conflicts within multi-use areas of the Himalayan region”, there is a rise in the instances of the man-leopard conflict. The research indicates that this conflict will further rise in the eastern and western Himalayan region as the habitats of the both are increasingly overlapping.

The research focuses on the landscape fractures which are being considered as the factor for the increase in these conflicts. The research takes into consideration, the attack on the cattle near the human settlements. Decrease in forest cover has been identified as one of the leading factor which has compelled these carnivores to occupy the landscapes outside the forest area.

IMD predicts heavy rains, issues red warning for Assam, Arunachal and Meghalaya

The Meteorological Department in its recent weather report for the northeast region has predicted heavy rainfall in Assam, Arunachal and Meghalaya from 19 to 21 July and thus has issued red alerts for the same. The rain situation in the coming days is going to impact Assam and other parts that are already struggling with the flood situation. As per the report available, more than 39.8 lakh people have been affected in the 27 districts of the Assam. The death toll has further risen to 102 till date.

The IMD has also issued an orange alert for the state of Uttarakhand from 19 to 20 July.

Earthquake of 4.2 and 2.3 magnitude hit Mizoram and Himachal respectively

According to the National Centre for Seismology, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 hit the state of Mizoram on 17 July. The epicenter for the same was 33 km southwest of champhai. There have been no reports of any loss to life and property. It is important to note that this was the ninth quake in the state in last one month.

In another similar incidence, an earthquake of 2.3 magnitudes hit the state of Himachal Pradesh on 16 July. The epicenter for the same was Una. There have been no reports of any loss to life and property. It was the second quake in the state in the last 15 days.

In Arunachal, nature activists are opposing an IAF bombing exercise

A proposal to carry out a live bombing exercise in the high altitude of Lal Ane mountain range by the India Air Force has received criticism from environmental activists. These activists are of the opinion that such exercise will prove disastrous to the rich biodiversity of the mountain range. It has been alleged by the activist group that IAF has not given any public notice and has neither obtained any consent.

It is noteworthy that in 2012, the Lal Ane area was notified as wildlife & biodiversity area by the state government and it is a repository of rich flora which includes wildlife and species like rhododendron, capped langur, Himalayan black bear and others.

COVID effect on Uttarakhand’s pilgrimage industry

In the midst of the COVID19 outbreak, the state government of Uttarakhand had decided to suspend the Kanwar Yatra for this year. This suspension has turned out to be a dry month for the people involved in the industry related to the pilgrimage. It is being said that the Kanwar Yatra acts as the temporary job creator for millions of people.

According to Prem Bahukhandi (while talking to media), Chairman of a Himalayan based organization, as 2 to 3 cr. pilgrims use to visit the state, the yatra uses to bring a business worth Rs. 30- 35 cr.

(By: Gautam Kumar)

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