Chennai could have fared better, had it protected and preserved its natural water bodies and drainage channels.
- It is a reminder of increasing frequency of such freak weather events across the Indian sub-continent.
- The lakes of Chennai have a natural flood discharge channel which drains the spillover.
- But. the construction over many of these water bodies, have blocked the smooth flow of water.
- CSE’s research shows that Chennai had more than 600 waterbodies in the 1980s, but reduced to mere few recently.