The recent monsoon period of 2015 resulted in widespread inundations and enormous human and economic losses in wide areas of Tamil Nadu, South India, especially in the metropolis of Chennai. While previous floods had affected mostly those people living along river banks, this event became special, because of the ubiquitous nature of its impact.
Many lessons were learned from floods in India itself as well as in Germany and have triggered changes towards better disaster management, early warning systems and preventive measures such as river restorations.
A Public Panel Meeting with experts from Germany and key stakeholders from government, business, community and academia is planned towards identifying immediately implementable actions as well as strategies for future adjustments.
Achim Fabig, Consul General, General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai; Dr Mohan Kanda, IGCS Area Coordinator Land Use; Prof Nagarajan, IITM; Prof A.K. Kolar, Former IITM professor; Prof Chella Rajan, IGCS, IITM