Upgrading Slums to Avert Disaster

Increasingly common extreme weather events like drought, cyclones, floods and extreme heat are taking a toll on India’s cities—but nowhere are people more vulnerable than in the country’s densely populated urban slums.
About 65 million people are estimated to live in such slums—and that number grows daily as more migrants leave villages in search of urban opportunities.
Infrastructure improvements—including construction of storm water drains, sanitation systems, embankments and roads—and granting residents land and property rights are critical to decreasing slums’ vulnerability.
“City officials need to see slum upgrading in light of disaster preparedness,” says Indian Institute of Human Settlements researcher Gautam Bhan.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation via Zilient

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