Gorakhpur District is recognised as one of the most flood-prone districts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India. The data over the past 100 years show a considerable increase in the intensity and frequency of floods, which are now recurring every 3–4 years. Gorakhpur District is home to 4.4 million people, most of whom live in rural areas. Roughly 20% of the population is affected by floods, and in some areas, flooding has become an annual occurrence, causing huge loss of life, health and livelihoods for the poor inhabitants, and extensive damage to public and private property.
This case study describes how the programme implemented by START and CDKN is currently addressing many of these issues in Gorakhpur. It looks at how the programme was developed, what factors have contributed to its success, and evaluates how a climate mainstreaming programme such as Gorakhpur’s might inspire other local governments in a similar position.
Wajih, S.A.; Shashikant Chopde. Integrating climate change concerns into disaster management planning: The case of Gorakhpur, India. (2014) 6 pp. [Inside Stories on climate compatible development]