• Castle Debates: Flooding

    Event Location: 
    London, United Kingdom
    Start Date: 
    30 September 2014
    End Date: 
    30 September 2014

    The purpose of the debate is to provide objective and factual clarification of selected current environmental issues. To this end, a panel of three experts addresses the applicable science, law and policy. Each speaker has 15 minutes to present and then the floor is open for a question-and-answer session from which a summary of the Debate is produced. Chaired by Pamela Castle OBE, they are held approximately on a monthly basis from October 2013 to June 2014 ...

  • Floods: Hundreds evacuated and thousands more at risk

    About 1,000 homes on the River Thames have been evacuated and thousands more people are at risk from flooding, the Environment Agency has said.

    Fourteen severe flood warnings, meaning a potential risk to life, are in place on the river in Surrey and Berkshire, with a further two in Somerset.

    The Met Office has warned of more heavy rain later in the week.


    United Kingdom
    February 12, 2014
  • Floods force thousands to evacuate in Indonesian capital

    Monsoon rains have inundated parts of the Indonesian capital, forcing more than 30,000 people to evacuate and posing a challenge for its wildly popular governor, Joko Widodo, a possible presidential candidate.

    Soldiers were deployed to help nearly 50,000 residents in the sprawling city of 10 million people, as floodwaters reached three metres (9.8 ft) in some districts, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.


    January 20. 2014
  • Flood Risk Management Conference 2014

    Event Location: 
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Start Date: 
    04 February 2014
    End Date: 
    05 February 2014

    Discuss the latest developments in flood risk management in Scotland: What do the publication of the new flood risk and hazard maps mean for flood risk management in Scotland? What lessons can be learned from outwith Scotland?  What does the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme mean for flood risk management?

    Register for Sniffer’s annual Flood Risk Management Conference 2014 to join in the discussion of these and many other ...

  • Coastal cities face serious losses from flooding

    Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than nine-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050, according to a report prepared for the OECD.

    The report says average global flood losses in 2005 were estimated at about US$6 billion a year, but that this could increase to US$52 billion by 2050 as a result of projected socioeconomic changes alone.


    August 31, 2013
  • Sudan deadly floods affect 300,000 people - WHO

    More than 300,000 people across Sudan have been affected by floods that have killed nearly 50 people in August, the World Health Organization has said.

    It said the region around the capital Khartoum had been particularly badly hit and was experiencing the worst floods in 25 years.

    One of the major risks to health was the collapse of more than 53,000 latrines, the WHO added.


    August 22, 2013
  • Massive Flooding Hits Russia's Far East

    The worst flooding in more than a century is ravaging Russia's Far East, displacing thousands near the Amur River, which forms the border with northeastern China.
    Russian authorities say 17,000 people had been evacuated by Saturday, and warned that figure could reach 100,000 in the coming days. 


    August 17, 2013
  • Myanmar Floods Displace Thousands

    Monsoon rains in Myanmar have caused severe flooding in the country’s southern Mon and Karen states, killing at least three people and displacing more than 38,000, according to authorities.


    August 2, 2013
  • 3,000 still missing in India's flood-hit north

    Some 3,000 people remain missing in India's flood-ravaged north two weeks after the tragedy, but it is unclear how many of those have been killed, a top state official said Sunday.

    About 1,000 people, many of them pilgrims and tourists, are confirmed dead after flash floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand on June 15, officials have said.


    June 30, 2013
  • When mighty Danube floods, Europe is shaken

    The mighty Danube is not the only river in Europe bursting its banks this week, but it packs the biggest punch.

    In the last decade alone, the Danube has been at the center of two major floods, several devastating droughts and a winter cold snap that froze the vital waterway for hundreds of miles. Its bridges have been bombed by NATO, its waters have been temporarily poisoned by toxic chemical spills, and yet it still provides drinking water for millions.


    June 4, 2013
  • Central Europe on alert for flooding

    Four people have died and at least eight are missing as torrential rains in central Europe caused landslides and took rivers to dangerously high levels.

    Emergency operations are under way in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic to deal with record levels of flooding in some places.

    Thousands of homes across the region have been evacuated.

    The Czech capital, Prague, is on high alert amid fears that floodwater could swamp its historic centre.


    June 3, 2013
  • Sudan Nile Dam Threatens To Drown Nubian Villages

    The head of the anti-dam committee, Ezzeldeen Idris, told Al-Monitor that it is unclear how many villages will drown.

    “The dam implementation unit failed to provide us with a feasibility study that tells us how high the dam will be, so we can't clearly say how many villages will be submerged,” said Idris, who lives in Fareeg, one of the villages threatened.

    Sometimes government officials make revealing statements about the dam, helping Nubians to estimate the extent of the damage.

  • Does rice really use too much water?

    The world produces some 700 million tons of paddy rice each year. This is enough to provide the staple food for more than three billion people, of which some 700 million live in poverty. The majority of rice is grown under irrigated conditions in which the fields are flooded from planting to harvest. Because of this flooding, rice is said to use a lot of water, about two and a half times the amount of water needed to grow a crop of wheat or maize.

  • 2013 Spring Floods: Midwest States See Dangerously High Waters After Torrential Rains

    CLARKSVILLE, Mo. — Those fighting floods in several communities along the Mississippi River were mostly successful Sunday despite the onslaught of water, but an ominous forecast and the growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest tempered any feelings of victory.


    United States
    April 21, 2013
  • Flooding in Jakarta


    January 18, 2013
  • Italy floods prompt fears for future of farming

    The floods that have devastated Italy over the past week could become even more severe in the future, threatening food production and destroying the country's natural beauty, experts warn.

    Storms have battered ancient towns and left large swaths of farmland in Tuscany under water, prompting a warning from the region's governor, Enrico Rossi, that "climate change is making us get used to ever more violent flooding".


    November 13, 2012
  • UK at Risk of Flooding and Drought

    The risk of flooding and water shortage in 2013 has increased because the Government is too slow in changing the way we manage our water, environmental leaders warn.

    The authors of the ‘Blueprint for Water’ report say that after two dry winters, it took Britain’s wettest ever summer to narrowly avert a serious drought. They warn that despite this summer’s flooding, another series of dry winters would put Britain right back under serious risk of drought.


    United Kingdom
    November 6, 2012
  • Chad: Floods, locusts add to humanitarian challenges

    The number of flood-affected people in Chad has risen to 700,000, up from 445,000 in September, according to humanitarian agencies, which also report the loss or damage of 255,720 hectares of cropland, 94,211 houses and 1,015 schools. Some 70,000 people have been displaced by the flooding, one of several challenges to the country’s humanitarian situation.


    October 26, 2012
  • Flooding in Nigeria

    Some 1.3 million Nigerians have been displaced and 431 have died in what the authorities say is the worst flooding in over 40 years, with 30 of the country’s 36 states affected since July, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.


    October 10, 2012
  • Flooding in Assam

    Nearly 1.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes by floods in the north-eastern state of Assam, officials say.

    Eleven people have died in separate incidents of drowning in the past week, disaster management officials said in a statement.

    Eighteen of 27 districts have been inundated by flood waters.

    In July floods in Assam killed more than 100 people and forced over five million people to leave their homes.


    September 25, 2012
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