The Chennai floods of 2015 and the health system response

Rakhal Gaitonde, Vijayaprasad Gopichandran

Abstract

The Chennai floods of 2015 were a calamity of unexpected proportions. The impact on the lives of the poor has been immense. Thousands needed to abandon their already precarious dwellings on the banks of the Adyar River, and other low-lying areas for temporary shelters. The differential experience and impact of disasters on different segments of the population helps understand the dynamics of sociopolitical structures and supports.

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