Old answers, 'new' monsoon
Mitigating floods and droughts has only one answer: obsessive attention to building millions and millions of connected and living water structures.
Floods in the time of drought are India's new normal. Let us get this clear. Each year without fail, a vicious cycle of crippling drought and then devastating floods play out before us. Sometimes this cycle gets so bad that it even makes it to the headlines. But the fact is that this cycle is becoming a new normal. First, floods and droughts come together. Today, even as 40 per cent of the districts in India face prospects of drought, close to 25 per cent districts have had heavy rainfall of more than 100 mm in just a matter of hours. Secondly, the rainfall is not only variable but also extreme.