July 02, 2006
Mumbai starts to flood once again
Yup, its happening again. Despite the fact that it pours in Bombay every monsoon (d..uh, its a coastal city, its been raining here for centuries now!!) and people are still not over last year's floods, there continues to be little preparation to avoid disaster. Just a couple of day's heavy rain and the city is sliding underwater once again. Flights are delayed, trains are slowing down and the highway is shutting. The reason? More than the rains, its poor disaster management, poor drainage and very, very poor road quality. Here, the roads literally melt during monsoons, with more craters than surface remaining after 24 hours. The city faced, and barely survived, a disaster that made international headlines just last year... how can we have forgotten the lessons so soon??