The Chennai Corporation’s Plan to Prevent Flooding this Year Could End Up Making Things Worse

Linking storm water drains to water bodies could contaminate the water and also choke the rivers with garbage and sewerage, say experts.

When the North-East monsoon, Tamil Nadu’s main rainy season, set in on October 30, the devastating floods of last year were still fresh in the state’s collective memory.

A year after unprecedented rainfall caused a massive deluge in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore and other parts of the state, killing more than 300 people and causing losses running into several thousand crores, the state is still not rain-ready.

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