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Interview: Dr. Kapil Gupta on Urban Floods

Dr. Kapil Gupta In July, 2005 Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, came to a standstill. Heavy rains clogged the city which was not prepared to deal with such a heavy downpour. More than a decade later, in 2015, the story was repeated in Chennai. Various other cities such as Kolkata, Srinagar and Surat witnessed similar situation. Although unplanned construction, scattered garbage and debris dumps, and changing climatic patterns are some of the identified common causes of Urban Floods, it is essential to understand the phenomenon and prepare oneself to deal with it. Aapda Samvaad spoke with Dr. Kapil Gupta, who is a Professor at IIT Bombay and an urban flood management expert. Q. What is an urban flood? How is it different from rural flood or any other flood? A. The term urban flood consists of two parts - ‘urban’ and ‘flood’.  According to the Census of India, 2011, an urban area is defined as (a) all statutory places with a municipality, a corporation, a cantonme

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Dear Readers, Greetings! I am delighted to welcome you all to the NDMA blog, " Aapda-Samvaad" . We are here to have a conversation with you on things we are passionate about - disaster prevention, preparedness, mitigation; better response, recovery and reconstruction - in short, Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR). Now, why do we want to talk to you? Population growth, rapid and unplanned urbanisation coupled with steep environmental degradation means all of us are living amidst risks and are vulnerable, in varying degrees, to disaster losses. DRR is no longer a choice if we wish to reduce these losses, both in terms of lives and livelihoods. It's important that we consciously weave DRR in all our activities so that we do not give away years of development by letting a hazard turn into a disaster. The Government of India is committed to the cause of DRR and is a signatory to the Sendai Framework for DRR (2015-2030) which has laid down seven time-bound loss