Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

Posts from Kilian Christ

Kilian Christ
Kilian Christ, PhD Student, RWTH Aachen University, Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, christ@lih.rwth-aachen.de

The Formation of Telangana and the Status of Hyderabad

Hyderabad

In an earlier entry from October 2011 I wrote about the ongoing struggle for the formation of a separate Telangana State (“The Telangana Conflict”). After several decades the Telangana movement seems to have reached its goal and the 29th State of the Republic of India is about to be created. Our research area Hyderabad, until now the capital of Andhra Pradesh (AP), is located right in the middle of this new State. Read more »

The Disastrous State of Sanitation in Indian Schools

School benches

Literacy rates in India are among the lowest in Asia as almost 40% of the age group of 15 years and above are not able to read and write. Although in the recent years there have been large improvements concerning school enrolment rates and basic facilities such as all-weather rooms and the provisioning of cooked midday meals the Indian education system still faces serious challenges and some of these challenges are related to the issue of sanitation. Read more »

Vector Borne Diseases and the Urban Malaria Scheme

UMS

Every year after the monsoon season there is a sharp rise in the spread of vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, which are transmitted by mosquitos. In private and public hospitals there were around 450 officially reported cases of malaria in Hyderabad in 2012. But especially dengue fever has witnessed a rise in cases in the recent years. Read more »

The Great Flood of 1908

Musi

The city of Hyderabad is an offspring of Golconda Fort. The fort, founded around a 1000 years ago and now in ruins, had developed into an over-populated fort-city where hygiene could not be maintained and the health of the people was threatened. Read more »

The Dhobis of Hyderabad

drying clothes

A very memorable picture that stays with many tourists visiting India is that of women and men washing colorful clothes outside in a river or a stream. Whereas in Germany most households own a washing machine which washes your clothes at the push of a button, in India there exists a community of washermen, who have been doing laundry professionally for generations. Read more »