Gorakhpur: Extreme Rainfall, Climate Change, and Flooding (Policy Brief)

Authors: Sarah Opitz-Stapleton; Kate Hawley

Climate change is likely to increase the intensity of rain events around Gorakhpur over the next 50 years. At the same time, the city’s population will continue to increase and require more housing, more transportation, and a multitude of other city services. Unless the city can manage growth in a more sustainable manner, flood depths will increase and waterlogging will last longer due to the projected climate change impacts on rainfall and current urbanization process. GEAG, Arup and ISET-International have been working together to explore the factors that lead to flooding and waterlogging within Gorakhpur. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation and Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN), this policy brief describes the types of rainfall events that currently trigger flooding and waterlogging in Mahewa, and how climate change may alter the frequency of these events.


 Opitz-Stapleton, S., & Hawley, K. (2013). Gorakhpur: Extreme rainfall, climate change, and flooding (Technical Report). Boulder, CO: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International.

Funded By: 

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN); The Rockefeller Foundation


This document is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) for the benefit of developing countries. However, the views expressed and information contained in it are not necessarily those of or endorsed by DFID, DGIS or  the entities managing the delivery of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, which can accept no responsibility or liability for such views.


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