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About a year ago, Bengaluru witnessed some of the worst floods in its history. Amidst many ad hoc measures, the state responded with excavators, removing encroachments on storm water drains (SWDs). It is clear now that none of the piecemeal solutions have worked. Rainfall over the last couple of weeks has seen flooding reoccur in the same parts of the city as the previous year. We often blame climate change for the mess we are in, and to some degree, this is justified. However, climate change always manifests through complex socio-ecological changes on the ground.

Flooding in Bengaluru is a combination of climate change, poor urban planning, and disregard for the city’s ecology. Fortunately, most of these issues are within our control, and it is possible to flood-proof our city.

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Flood-proofing Bengaluru City