Report of survey of losses and damages sustained in floods

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 10:51

From November 9-December 1, 2015, Chennai city and its outlying areas, which are part of Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur districts received continuous and very heavy rain. The city was flooded at least three times, with the last flood, caused by non-stop rain on December 1, and the consequent opening of the Chembarambakkam Eri (tank) as well as various other Eris on the outlying areas causing enormous damage and devastation. Even as relief workers acknowledged the quantum of losses suffered by various sections of the population, they had to also engage with the question of responsibility: who was to compensate such losses, and for what reasons. It was in this context that a group of concerned relief workers and citizens came together to undertake a sample survey of losses sustained by the city's laboring population; and also on a more modest level, undertake a survey of losses amongst the lower middle classes and middle classes.

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