Case study

Floods in Mumbai

Authored by: Monalisa Chatterjee

Routledge Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  July  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415544764
eBook ISBN: 9780203876213
Adobe ISBN: 9781135998509


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Urban places are complex systems that are constantly changing under the influence of global processes. Large-scale processes like globalisation and climate change have local implications that are crucial in the production and distribution of vulnerability in cities. The impact is more apparent in transitional cities of developing countries that are going through large-scale societal transformations. This chapter presents the case of Mumbai and the monsoon floods of 2005, and the distribution of vulnerability and resilience among low-income populations during different stages of the event. The case study provides empirical evidence about the effect of climate-related events on the production of vulnerability, and identifies the factors that are vital in disseminating losses among marginal communities.

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