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Title: Disaster Management Strategy for Avoiding Landslide Induced Losses to The Villages in the Vicinity of the Himalayan Township of Mussoorie in Uttaranchal (India)
Author: Uniyal, A. and Rautela, P.
Source: Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 14, Issue 3, 2005
Year: 2005
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstracts:  This is a link to an abstract. Many villages in the vicinity of the hill township of Mussorie in the Indian Himalayas are witnessing signs of an impending disaster that might take a heavy toll on the people and their activities during the monsoon season. The detailed study undertaken in the area of Mussorie highlights the importance of a disaster management strategy for the region and involvement of the local community for this.
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Title: Floods and Vulnerability: Need to rethink Flood Management
Author: Dixit, A.
Source: Natural Hazards, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2003
Year: 2003
Publisher: Springer
Abstracts:  This is a link to an abstract. This paper reviews the nature of flood disaster in the Himalayan-Ganga basin with focus on the plains of Nepal. It argues that conventional approaches have not been able to provide the security envisaged. It describes three different responses that can be made to flood disaster ranging from the response of a hierarchic manager, to an individualistic innovator and finally the egalitarian social activist and suggests that the vulnerability of people in risk-prone areas must be addressed by enhancing the resilience capacity through a pluralistic approach.
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Title: Folklores of Sacred Khecheopalri Lake in the Sikkim Himalaya of India – A Plea for Conservation
Author: Jain, A., Singh, H.B., Rai, S.C. and Sharma, E.
Source: Asian Folklore Studies, Vol. 63, 2004
Year: 2004
Publisher: Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Japan
Abstracts:  The Khecheopalri Lake in the Sikkim Himalaya, famous as a “wish fulfilling lake”, attracts a large number of tourists every year. Legends and beliefs associated with the formation, existence, and sacredness of the lake are deeply rooted within the surrounding communities. However, negative impacts of tourism, the land-use/cover change, felling of trees for timber, fodder collection, over grazing and resulting soil loss have been affecting its longevity. Economic development associated with forest and biodiversity conservation through eco-tourism is perhaps the best option ahead.
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Title: Himalayan Population at Earthquake Risk: Strategies for Preparedness
Author: Gupta, I., Sinvhal, A. and Shankar, R.

Source: Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2006
Year: 2006
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstracts:This is a link to an abstract. The article seeks to examine risk of human settlements as per seismo-tectonic settings of a populated area in the Himalayas and then design mitigation measures. An earthquake scenario is considered with a hypothetical epicenter to identify population vulnerable to damage and assess the implications of such an earthquake on infrastructure etc. The article suggests strategies for long-term earthquake preparedness and short-term action plan for emergency management. It also deals with the potential of replication of this method in other Himalayan regions.

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Title: Impact of Climate Change on Himalayan Glaciers and Glacial Lakes - Case Studies on GLOF and Associated Hazards in Nepal and Bhutan
Author: Bajracharya, S. R., Mool, P. K. and Shrestha, B. S.
Source: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu and United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP)
Year: 2007
Publisher: International Center for Integrated Mountain Development
Abstracts:  As a consequence of global climate change the Himalayan glaciers and glacial lakes are changing at alarming rates. Himalayan glaciers are retreating at rates ranging from 10 to 60m per year while many small ones (<0.2 sq.km) have already disappeared. The publication seeks to track the effects of climate change in the Dudh Koshi sub-basin of Nepal and the Pho Chu sub-basin of Bhutan and also deals with Hydrodynamic modeling, GLOF mitigation measures and early warning systems.
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