My only submission is the matter is being discussed in at least another live thread. So Editors may conisder locking this thread.
This is only a suggestion.
Caution: Explosive. Handle with care.
Something has to be done because such flooding causes not just loss of lives, but also affects people. Water enters homes and shops – the common man suffers great losses.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak" - Michael Garrett Marino
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
Decades ago there were considerable area under marshlands and mangroves which used to sponge out the excess water, and also prevent sea water inundating into the land. However reckless construction and the 'development' due to human greed has sen that all these protective cover vanish.
So when there is heavy and continuous rains,clubbed with high tide, instead of water draining into sea, the sea water pushes itself into the low lying areas . This not only prevents drain, but also makes it worse with the continuing rains contributing to water level rise up in the inhabited places. Depending on the tide timings and the intensity and continuity of rains the situation eases out or worsens.
Though superficially one can blame the municipal corporation, actually every one of us is responsible as we clamour for more and more development at the cost of nature. Today it is Mumbai, but soon other similar cities will also face same situation.
There is no other way. Mumbai is such a crowded city, we find hardly vacant lands. The city is full of apartments and many inflow of people into the city is causing lot of increase in population density there. I think this is the main reason for the present state.
In Hyderabad we experience lot of suffocation even a downpour for just 10 to 15 minutes. The whole city will come to stand still and all roads will be with full of vehicle jams.
So many cities are not capable of facing heavy rain falls.
Secondly, the citizens do not ask for the performance of the politicians. They vote many a times based on caste and religion and other local issues emanated owing to the corruption and the nexus between the politicians and administration. Politicians know how to polarise the voters and get votes. It is observed that water logging takes place owing to illegal constructions on the way of the natural drainage of water. There is a well known nexus between politicians and builders.
Thirdly, we are divided and ill informed citizens. We can snatch power from the hands of these politicians, if we vote to candidates with clean image. Performance must be the criterion.