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Deadly floods are wreaking havoc in northeast India again
Over the past few days, floods have hit several states, claiming the lives of at least 25 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of hapless citizens.
In Assam, the biggest state in the region, the deluge has reportedly affected nearly 550,000 people (pdf). Due to the heavy downpour, many roads and bridges have already been damaged, even as the Brahmaputra river, which flows through the state, has been inching towards the danger level…
What’s the right goal – resilience, well-being or transformation?
Is being resilient to climate change the same thing as achieving well-being in the face of it? The truth is, nobody’s quite sure.
In the ever-changing lexicon of development, talk of vulnerability to climate change has given way, increasingly, to talk about building resilience to it, as a more positive-sounding take on the problem.
But now some experts think even that may be the wrong focus, and that a broader look at the well-being of climate-affected people is the better measure of success.
“Well-being is slowly making its way in” to discussions about reducing disaster risks, said Erin Coughlan, who works on climate risk management for the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, during Adaptation Futures, a climate change conference in Cape Town this week.
One big difference in the terms, Coughlan said, is that resilience, to some extent, can be measured by outsiders, while determining well-being almost inherently requires the views of the person whose life is being measured…
Smart city projects to be put on fast track
After completing just three projects under the Smart Cities Mission in the past few years, the Chennai Corporation is set to kickstart at least 33 projects over the year.
On Tuesday, Chennai Corporation finalised the areas for a pilot project on smart parking management — Second Avenue and Shanthi Colony in Anna Nagar, Second Avenue in Besant Nagar and Marina Beach. “The pilot project will begin this week,” said an official.
After the Union government launched the Smart Cities Mission in 2015, the civic body was able to commission a mobile phone-based grievance redressal system ‘Namma Chennai App’ at a cost of ₹9.5 lakh. It also established 28 smart classrooms at a cost of ₹1.75 crore and converted 1,772 sodium vapour lamps to…