“Urban flooding poses a serious challenge to development and the lives of people, particularly the residents of the rapidly expanding towns and cities in developing countries. The poor and vulnerable are the hardest hit”, said Abhas Jha, Lead Urban Specialist and Program Leader, Disaster Risk Management, World Bank East Asia and Pacific Region, lead author of the World Bank report titled “Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century”.
In 2010 alone, 178 million people were affected by floods. The total losses in exceptional years such as 1998 and 2010 exceeded US$40 billion. Often located along the coast or in flood plains, with high concentration of assets and people, cities are at a particular risk. Bangkok, Sendai, Brisbane, New York, Karachi, along many other cities, have recently witnessed devastating impact flood events. >> more