Why Chennai, India’s Sixth Biggest City, Has Run Out Of Water

Natural Disasters in 2018

In 2018, there were 315 natural disaster events recorded with 11,804 deaths, over 68 million people affected, and US$131.7 billion in economic losses across the world. The burden was not shared equally as Asia suffered the highest impact and accounted for 45% of disaster events, 80% of deaths, and 76% of people affected. Globally, Indonesia recorded nearly half the total deaths (47%), while India recorded the highest number of people affected (35%). Earthquakes were the deadliest type of disaster accounting for 45% of deaths, followed by flooding at 24%. Flooding affected the highest number of people, accounting for 50% of the total affected, followed by storms which accounted for 28%…


Why Chennai, India’s Sixth Biggest City, Has Run Out Of Water

Satellite imagery showing Chennai’s Lake Puzhal, Chennai’s largest reservoir, in February 2019 and again June 2019. (Gif: ESA Sentinel Hub)

In what’s becoming an increasingly common story, a major city has run out of water. Chennai, India is home to 4.65 million and a severe deficit of water to serve their needs.

Reservoirs have turned into muddy splats on the landscape and the city is relying on mix of desalination plants and water being brought in by train and truck to quell unrest.

The drought is indicative of morass of issues increasingly stressing water supplies not just in Chennai but around the world: Poor management, overusing groundwater, and a shifting climate turning the hydrological cycle on its head. And if the world’s water insecure cities don’t act, they could be the next Chennai.

This week in Chennai began with a city official telling the BBC that “[o]nly rain can save Chennai from this situation”. And while a few showers fell on Thursday, they’re not nearly enough to reverse the catastrophic situation in the region…


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