Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Surat to share how it tackled floods

Himansshu Bhatt in the Times of India: Representatives from the Diamond City [aka Surat] will share their success at dealing with climate change issues and how they have been able to check floods to a large extent.

The experiences will be shared at a national conference on emerging mechanisms and responses of cities to climate change in Delhi on Tuesday that has been organized by Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) and supported by Rockefeller Foundation.

Kamlesh Yagnik, secretary of Surat Climate Change Trust (SCCT), will deliberate on the effectiveness of setting up end to end early warning system in Surat for pre-empting floods. "I would specially like to highlight how accurate figures of rain and inflow of water in the river could help the city gear up," said Yagnik. The system helped the city escape from major floods during the monsoon this year.

"The conference is being held to share success stories and encourage other cities to adopt such mechanisms," said Jatin Shah, chairman of SCCT. Surat being one of the sister cities of ACCCRN has a responsibility of sharing its knowledge. Representatives from 24 cities will be participating in the conference....

Surat at night, shot by Hemant meena, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license 

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