5 Things We Learned From Chennai Floods

Date: 12 Jan 2016

Ironically, as country leaders and influencers debated over the climate change policy at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Chennai reeled under the worst rains in 104 years. What began as relief from future drought, having seen less rainfall in 2015, terminated into flooding. As India watched and debated, life in Chennai came to an abrupt halt. As the city resurrected itself, the floods doled out lessons not only for the lawmakers but also the citizens. Here are some of the take-aways, for the citizens of India, from the Chennai floods.


Only man can help man! People in Chennai showed compassion towards each other. Humans of Mumbai, another city that has not only experienced floods but also terrorist attacks, present a very good example about being compassionate. It is important that we help others around us in every way possible. No good deed is big or small.

Disaster Management

People living in areas frequented by disasters and calamities should self-educate themselves and prepare for them. Keeping valuables safe, implementing a disaster management program in societies or communities, etc. are a few things that people should be cognizant of. Disaster management response could be collective effort by citizens, corporate and Government. Citizens should be aware of self-protection techniques for themselves and their valuables and sanitation and hygiene. The Chennai floods brought people to their knees with an unaccountable loss of property, valuables and lives.


Citizens should be educated and aware of disaster management programs, garbage disposal systems, disaster response programs, etc. For example, some of the residential hotspots in Chennai are flood-prone areas. Rising prices and demands have compelled citizens and developers to overlook basic aspects of infrastructure development. People should refrain from buying property on such land. Basically, people need to be extremely aware in order to take careful decisions.


Mother Nature's wrath can be hard to believe. Natural disasters are often a culmination of man's ways of living. We should pledge to adapt environmental friendly behavior. A simple self-promise of not using plastic can go a long way. It is important to remember that prevention is better than cure.

Time is Money

There is no time to waste in order to take action and prepare for the mounting impacts of climate change. These natural disasters should be an eye-opener for the people, the strategists and leaders all over the globe. The Chennai floods present a lesson in climate adaptation and its implications. After all, life's best lessons seemed to be learnt at the worst times.