Heavy downpours on Sunday led to widespread flooding in components of London with hospitals, Tube stations and houses all affected.
Specialists have warned such excessive climate occasions will solely develop into extra frequent because of local weather change.
Forward of the assembly with “key companions” this week to debate London’s flood response, the Mayor of London has additionally referred to as on the federal government to supply the capital with extra assets “to take even bolder motion on local weather change”.
Mr Khan mentioned: “We’re seeing growing incidents of maximum climate occasions linked to local weather change. This isn’t the primary time in latest weeks that London has been hit by main flooding. Regardless of having restricted powers within the space, it stays a key precedence for myself and London’s council leaders that extra is finished urgently to deal with flooding and the opposite impacts of local weather change. This consists of persevering with to induce Thames Water to handle localised points with infrastructure which will exacerbate the influence of flooding.
“I’m assembly all the important thing companions in London, together with London Councils, TfL, the London Fireplace Brigade, water firms and the Setting Company to make sure all related organisations are doing all they presumably can to forestall and scale back the influence of flooding within the capital.
“COP26 this 12 months supplies a chance for the Authorities to point out international management and provides us the powers and assets we have to take even bolder motion on local weather change.”
However Mr Khan has come below hearth this weekend, with members of his personal occasion calling on him to scrap a controversial road-building undertaking.
On the London Labour regional convention this weekend, delegates handed a movement calling on the mayor to cancel the Silvertown Tunnel; Silvertown Tunnel is a £2 billion river crossing that can hyperlink the Greenwich peninsula to Silvertown in east London.
The Mayor of London and TfL argue the tunnel is required to alleviate congestion from the close by Blackwall Tunnel, which is incessantly closed, and supply one other river crossing within the east of town.
However critics have mentioned the brand new crossing will improve dependence on vehicles and result in extra air air pollution in an already closely polluted a part of London.
Following the movement this weekend, a spokesperson for Sadiq Khan mentioned he’s “taking a few of the boldest motion of any metropolis on this planet to deal with air air pollution” together with the Extremely-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) that has “helped minimize roadside concentrations of nitrogen dioxide within the central zone by almost half”.
Mr Khan’s spokesperson additionally mentioned there’s an “pressing want” for an additional river crossing in east London.
The spokesperson mentioned tolls on each the Blackwall and Silvertown tunnels “will imply no general improve in site visitors and an general enchancment in air high quality”.
The spokesperson mentioned: “The brand new tunnel will imply fewer idling automobiles and higher native bus providers, together with double decker, zero-emission buses which at the moment can’t function throughout the river due to the restrictive measurement of the Blackwall tunnel.”
The Silvertown Tunnel is ready to be in operation by 2025 regardless of vocal opposition from locals, activists and politicians of all events.