Caught un­awares

The Jammu and Kashmir dis­as­ter shows why In­dia needs to worry about its ur­ban flood man­age­ment

Down to Earth - - CONTENTS - SOMA BASU AND JY­OT­SNA SINGH

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Min­is­ter Omar Ab­dul­lah pleaded help­less­ness as the seat of his gov­ern­ment went un­der wa­ter and his min­is­ters and of­fi­cials were ma­rooned. As ex­treme weather events be­come more fre­quent and nat­u­ral drainage sys­tems col­lapse due to ur­ban­i­sa­tion, In­dian ci­ties have to be ready to deal with ur­ban floods

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