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Tamil Nadu: Storm surge warning for Chennai by C Shivakumar September 13,2017   |  Source: The New Indian Express

Is Chennai prepared for a storm surge similar to that of Hurricane Irma which lashed the coast of Florida?. A study by Tamil Nadu State Land Use Research Board, along with Indo-German Centre for Sustainability and IIT Madras, has estimated that in the next three decades, Chennai could witness a rise of sea between 4.35 metres and 6.85 metres due to tropical cyclones affecting 1,963 square km of land mass. The report warned that Tamil Nadu is vulnerable to storm surges and sea level rise, as it has yet to come up with a comprehensive coastal management plan as mandated under Coastal Regulation Zone (2011) rules.

As per the Ministry of Environment and Forest notification of CRZ Rules, Tamil Nadu State Coastal Zone Management authority (SCZMA) was to manage coastal zones of the state and come out with Coastal Management Rules. This, however, is yet to materialise. The report urged the Union government to implement Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in Tamil Nadu under the second phase so that the State could identify best practices of the integrated approach, now being implemented in Odisha and Gujarat in the first phase, and restructure the TNSCZMA to address sea level rise.

The study stated that the eastern coast of India is more vulnerable due to its low-lying

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