India: Fighting Drought With Check Dams

Inter Press Service: Gazing out at the lush greenery that surrounds the village of Salaita in northern India, a smile of satisfaction appears on retired army general A.P.S. Chauhan's face. "Hard to imagine now, but these were dusty ravines just two or three years ago," he told IPS. In recent years, large tracts of land along the river Yamuna had eroded so much that they appeared like a series of deep serrated ravines. The cover of vegetation that would have retained rainwater and held intact the ......

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