Urbanisation Vs City Floods

Photo courtesy: Varghese Jacob

Unplanned urbanisation has reduced the number of wetlands and water bodies in Chennai. The  effects of each flood, such as the one in 2015, is compounded as rainfall is not absorbed by the ground.

Abstract: Rapid urbanisation in India that has taken place in recent years has paid little attention to preservation of catchments and wetlands. In the absence of these—absorbing rainwater and enabling groundwater recharge, the ill effects of extreme rainfall events has been compounded.