New Delhi: The Hyderabad flood this week claiming lives and causing destructions is the “undeniable and unfortunate reality” of climate change with India having high vulnerability and “short understanding” of Nature.
This was observed on Friday by weather experts, who said a multi-pronged strategy is required to face the ‘challenge’ and just providing relief and rehabilitation after every disaster will not suffice.
With meteorologists terming the rain fury in Telangana and the surrounding places on Wednesday as the highest 24-hour rainfall seen in October since 1891, according to them, numbers like this seem to license government spokespersons to blame all the damage on Nature.
“This is eyewash. From the systematic erosion of the storage capacity of water bodies which breach their bunds and drown urban sprawls in their flow, to the failure to expand drainage systems for the requirements of a much expanded population, a lot of the blame lies directly at the doorstep of the city planners and administrators”, the experts said.
Informatively, a UN report released Tuesday ranks India third highest after China and the US, in the number of natural disasters recorded since 2000.
“Increase in the frequency of extreme weather events will only increase their economic and human costs-unless we make mitigation a high priority”, the experts maintained.
At least 32 people were killed in Telangana on October 14 after a deep depression passed over the state, unleashing heavy rain and widespread destruction.
Heavy rain was also reported in Andhra Pradesh, North Karnataka and South Odisha.