You can’t change some of the cards you are dealt with; a 375 yr old city is only 3m above mean-sea-level – surprise! And the tallest point (naturally occuring) on the city is right across from the airport – St. Thomas mount. The city receives peak rainfall in November, every year – mostly, and a city that has been diligently rainwater harvesting since 1987 (http://chennaimetrowater.gov.in/departments/rainwater.htm), and citizens negotiate flooded roads annually this deluge is a surprise; to receive (http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/rainfall_htm/chennai.htm) 1450mm of rains in November when you expect an average of 500mm of rain. Follow that with a historic freak 345mm rain on day of Dec 2nd – 3rd. Perfect storm. A 1-2 k.o.
And when a city falls to its knees only a few gracious editorials have come up; one such is worth reading and sharing: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/…/articles…/50029258.cms #Madras #NallaMadras
The rescue and recovery will be long like that of Hurricane Katrina, of 2005 in New Orleans in the USA. Let us persist and keep our heads up.