Role of Various Sectors in Demonstrating Resilience During Chennai Floods 2015

Research Team: Dr. Uma Ramachandran, Senior Research Manager; Jay Anand, Research Manager
LEAD Centre: Centre for Development Finance (CDF)
Focus Area: Environment and Climate Change
Project Geography: Chennai
Partner: TARU Leading Edge
Status: Completed

Background:

Project Summary: Integrating actions taken by institutions during disasters such as floods can help cities to strengthen coping mechanisms and build better climate resilience. In this project, IFMR LEAD had the opportunity to study the impact of the floods that occurred in Chennai in 2015, and prepare 14 case studies. The rationale of the study was to understand and integrate institutional actions to build climate resilience, prescribe coping mechanisms and document best practices to strengthen risk handling capacities. The documented best practices from various sectors provide insights into the existing risk handling capacities of the city and has been a learning lessons and replicate similar initiatives for preparedness across some of the other Indian cities.

The Study covers the following aspects:
• Prevailing situation
• Challenges
• Response/ Measures taken
• Sector-wise suggestions and recommendations

The sectors covered in the study include Relief and Supplies; Health, Transport and Energy Services, Emergency Services, Social Networks; and coping mechanisms adopted by Small & Medium Enterprises, and the Hospitality industry.

Publications:
Report – Role of Various Sectors in Demonstrating Resilience During Chennai Floods 2015