Currently — October 31st, 2022
What you need to know, currently.
We have a new story up today by Anna Abraham on flooding in Bengaluru and the ways state mismanagement and irresponsible real estate development has heightened flood risks for the poor.
"In August and September, heavy rainfall brought the city to a standstill. Over 1500 slum-dwellers are still seeking support to rebuild their lives, while many billionaires found themselves conveniently rescued by boat, the media attention it garnered being perhaps the only pro to the situation.
The sudden increase in Bengaluru rainfall, a pattern seen in the last few years, has been attributed to global warming. There has been a 162 percent increase in average rainfall since June this year — the city, which receives an average of 970-999 mm of rainfall a year, has broken all past records by receiving the highest annual rainfall of 1,704 mm, according to the India Meteorological Department observatory. Even more, rainfall is expected to follow, once the northeast monsoon winds arrive.
But climate change is not the sole culprit."