Recent immigration has made Chennai the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the world. Informal peripheral settlements in low-lying coastal areas that lack access to infrastructure and services house many of these recent arrivals. To protect these in the face of a high flood risk, officials have begun developing coordinate disaster response plans.

In addition, Chennai is making efforts to build on that experience, learning from past events and continuing to provide best-practice solutions to other regions. This is similar to how it responded in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when it developed an early warning system. The city is budgeting resources to improve waste collection to minimize its impact, both as an environmental threat and during flooding.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Economic Inequality
  • Hurricane / Typhoon / Cyclone
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Poverty
  • Riot / Civil Unrest

Snapshot of Chennai

  • 4,646,730

    Population as of 2011

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