Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are related to the climate of India, cause massive losses of Indian life and property. Droughts, flash floods, cyclones, avalanches, landslides brought on by torrentialrains and snowstorms pose the greatest threats. Hail is also common in parts of India, causing severe damage to standing crops such as rice and wheat. Landslides are common in the Lower Himalayas. Rising population and development pressures, particularly from logging and tourism, cause deforestation.


A study says that excessive exploitation of ground water in North Western India cause severe  ecological damage which may cause earth quake in the region. Moreover the seismologists predict that the whole of North India from J&K till the Northern Bihar and Himalayan region is very much prone to Earth Quake. India has experience serious earth quake in the state of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir in which more than 10,000 people killed beside millions are rendered  homeless.


Floods are the most common natural disaster in India. The floods in India have killed thousands and displace millions. Excess, erratic, or untimely monsoon rainfall may also wash away or otherwise ruin crops. Almost all of India is flood-prone and extreme precipitation events, such as flash floods and torrential rains, have become increasingly common in central India over the past several decades, coinciding with rising temperatures.


Few year back the district of Vijayawada faces worst flood in 100 years, more than 50,000 people were trapped in floodwater, 719 minor irrigation tanks were damaged. 500 villages were flooded by the floods that impacted over 1.8 million people in five districts. About 70,000 houses were damaged in five districts while over 400,000 people had become homeless



Major Problem


Droughts- Drought is perhaps the manifestation of desertification, which may bebecause of unprecedented soil erosion, large scale deforestation and abrupt change in micro-climate thereby increasing the temperature and reducing rainfall etc.,


Floods- When it rains heavily in the catchments of rivers and there is no dam, especially during monsoon, the rivers flood. Like drought, occurrence of flood is also quite common in the various parts of the country.


Earthquakes-The geological strata of the country belong to Gondwana land-mass; which is comparatively new, younger and unstable geological formation.


Cyclone- Due to low pressure in the atmosphere and frequent formation of whirls; cyclones take place frequently at the eastern coast of India.


Hot waves- In recent days, India has got highly affected by a new form of natural Calamities i.e. flowing of hot waves again in the east coast, killing the thousands of people


Cold Waves-The incidents of death due to cold waves occurs in higher and lesser Himalayas especially in the States of Uttranchal, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Northern Parts of West Bengal including Darjeeling.


In addition, there are also other natural calamities such as Tornado, Spiral tide Whirls etc, which occur very often in our country.





·Floods / Sea Surges / Tsunamis

·Snow storms



·Severe air pollution (smog)

·Heat waves


·Building collapse

·Toxicological accidents

·(e.g. release of hazardous substances)

·Nuclear accidents


·Civil disturbances

·Water contamination

·Existing or anticipated food shortages.




Prayer Points:



1.Pray for God’s mercy & forgiveness upon our nation and would save the people from natural disasters.

2.Pray for recovery & comfort of the affected people under trouble situation.

3.Pray that people should turn to God and receive the salvation

4.Pray that all people should come to know knowledge of God & be prepared for second coming to meet Jesus

5.Pray that more faithful ministers & ministries would raise and lead these people to Christ

6.Pray for God mercy and protection especially from Tidal waves


Source: National Disaster Management Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Wikipedia,