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Publish Date: 14 June 2018
In the South Asia region, flash floods account for a significant portion of the casualties and property damages that result from flooding. Given that flash floods can occur at any time or place, with potentially disastrous results, there is an urgent need to prioritize efforts that aim to improve early warnings capabilities.
Publish Date: 12 October 2017
Every year, heavy rains cause floods across Niger. Since June, over 56 people have lost their lives with many more affected according to the Civil Protection Directorate at the Ministry in charge of Interior Affairs and Public Security. For these events, in particular for flash floods, national and local authorities were unprepared and were not able to alert the population at risk and to activate response plans.
Publish Date: 7 December 2017
Bangladesh is one of the most flood-prone countries in the world due to its unique geographical location, topography and exposure to tropical cyclones. With 50% of the land less than 8 meters above sea level, and a coastline of some 600 km, coastal flooding is a common problem, as witnessed once again in 2017. However, loss of life in the densely populated South Asian nation has been greatly reduced by disaster risk reduction measures and early warning systems.
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