Thousands flee Chennai floods amid fears more rain could add to death toll
Overflowing rivers and lakes pose added threats to India’s fourth largest city as the number of troops deployed in rescue effort is doubled to 4,000
Thousands of people were trying to escape flooding in the Indian city of Chennai on Friday amid fears that further heavy rain will cause more destruction.
After a lull from the heaviest rains in a century that have killed at least 280 people this week…
— NDTV (@ndtv) December 4, 2015
And over the last few days in Scotland and the North of England:
Severe flooding prompts evacuations as Storm Desmond sweeps across UK
Amid Met Office red alerts, Storm Desmond’s trail of destruction leaves homes flooded and motorists left stranded across Scotland and northern England
Homes and roads were flooded across northern England and Scotland on Saturday and people were forced to evacuate their homes as Storm Desmond triggered widespread chaos.
Cumbria fire and rescue service said the flooding was “unprecedented” as the Red Cross was called in to support residents. The charity set up a control centre to help coordinate its support to the flooding response.
In 2009 we had a "once in a thousand year flood" in Cumbria. Well we're having it again now, and it's worse. pic.twitter.com/vfpkv4e3Xd
— WestmorlandShepherdess (@ruslandvalley) December 5, 2015
The Chennai Floods Are a Devastating Preview of Unnatural Disasters to Come
Right now, Chennai—India’s fourth-largest city with a metro area the size of Chicago—is paralyzed. Flooding from record rainfall—the heaviest in more than a hundred years—has cut off more than 3 million people from basic services for days. At least 270 people have died, and what’s happening should provide a cautionary tale to the world: Chennai is a new type of “natural” disaster, a preview of the Anthropocene, the idea that humans have become a geological-scale force of nature.
COP21 in Paris is far too little and far too late. So we’d better get used to it.
Shame on NZ’s role at COP21 – see Rod Oram’s Sunday column On climate, Key has turned us from leaders to dissemblers.