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Chennai among 100 Resilient Cities: City's handling of 2004 tsunami played a key role

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Wow! That's good news! Amma who was at the helm of affairs in 2004 can take some credit finally!

[h=1]Chennai among 100 Resilient Cities: City's handling of 2004 tsunami played a key role in selection[/h]Divya Chandrababu,TNN | Dec 30, 2014

CHENNAI: Chennai's response to the 2004 tsunami played a key role in city being included in the US-based Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities network, says a senior corporation official.

The Rockefeller Foundation appreciated the city's handling of the devastation and loss lives caused by tsunami.

"Since Chennai is a coastal city with a flat terrain, we have threats of cyclones, global warming and flooding which put us at a disadvantage. But these same concerns and our strategies to mitigate them are what got us selected," the official, who didn't want to be identified, said on Monday.

This partnership will equip Chennai to be prepared or resilient to a melange of physical, social and economic challenges. They could be long-term challenges such as flooding, disease outbreaks, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, or everyday encounters such as an efficient public transport system or chronic water shortage.

The corporation will now receive funding to hire a chief resilience officer to identify priority areas of needs and develop local projects.

Chennai won the resilient city tag among 330 other city applicants from across 94 countries with 70% belonging to developing nations. Each city was asked to present its prime resilience challenges and their strategies to overcome it.

Chennai Corporation fought tough to reach the top 100. The selection was made by the president of African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, the president and CEO of Asia Society, Josette Sheeran, and former President of Costa Rica, Jose Maria Figueres, among others.

Corporation commissioner Vikram Kapur had to go through an interview by a representative of the Rockefeller Foundation.

The foundation is unlikely to fund civic projects and programmes directly, but it will provide human resources and technical expertise.

"When we need help, we will be able to approach the right people and employ the right technology," the official said.

Chennai among 100 Resilient Cities: City's handling of 2004 tsunami played a key role in selection - The Times of India
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