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Floods in Chennai Seen as Warning to India’s Other Mega Cities

There is new scrutiny in India over the vulnerability of sprawling mega cities to natural disasters after floods devastated the southern city of Chennai. The heaviest rainfall recorded in a century wreaked havoc in Chennai, where the city’s natural drainage system has been impaired by unrestrained construction along river banks and wetlands. Experts said problems of poor urban planning and rampant development are not unique to Chennai, and are a warning to other cities. On December...

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