Every year in France devastating floods destroy homes and more often that not claim lives. Only this week, flash floods killed 14 people in towns and villages around Carcassonne in southern France. Following those floods the French government declared a state of natural disaster for some 126 communes around Carcassonne. The state of natural disaster (Etat de catastrophe naturelle) is a special procedure set up in France in 1982 so the victims of exceptional natural events, such as flooding, as well as drought, can be adequately compensated for damage to property. Overall, since 1982 over 217,000 official natural disasters have been registered all over France – over 60 percent of which were due to flooding. On average some 4,720 communes are declared a state of natural disaster each year. The worst year on record was 1999 when when 29,506 states of natural disaster were declared. These extreme events can impact most parts of France from the north to south and west to east … [Read more...] about In Maps: The parts of France most at risk from disastrous floods
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In Thailand flood waters have swamped more than two-thirds of the country.This is currently the country’s worst flooding in 50 years. Over 900,000 families and businesses have been impacted and hundreds of lives have been lost. National relief efforts are now focused on providing essential food, clean water, and shelter to displaced people and restoring damaged infrastructure. Here are online resources and maps of the flooding: 1.Google Crisis Response: Thailand Floods Map– shows the flood affected areas across Thailand, shelters, flooded highways, and provides emergency contact information for residents. 2. ThaiFlood.com – shows flooding areas in Thailand. Updated daily. 3. Globalfloodmap.org – shows flooded areas and displaced persons in Thailand with numbers and percentages of people losing homes. It uses NASA satellite data to assess at risk areas for flooding. 4. Map of Flooded Roads – created by the Thailand Highway … [Read more...] about 2011 Thailand Flooding Maps and Resources
THE floods in Southern India have laid waste to Kerala and left hundreds of thousands of people without homes. But what caused them, when did they start, and how many people have been evacuated? Find out here... What caused the floods in Southern India? The floods in Southern India came at the height of monsoon season. Monsoon rains kill hundreds of Indians each year - and Kerala is usually among the worst-hit areas. Deforestation and clogged rivers are thought to have contributed to the unusually severe flooding this year. It is the region's worst flood since 1924. When did the floods start? The floods started in mid-June, when Monsoon season officially began. The monsoon flooding has severely hit 12 of Kerala's 14 districts, with thousands of homes damaged since June. Crops on 32,500 hectares (80,300 acres) of land have also been damaged, the Home Ministry said. A total of 407 people have died in Kerala, 190 in Uttar Pradesh, 183 people in West Bengal, 139 in Maharashtra, 52 in … [Read more...] about Kerala flood map – what caused the floods in southern India, when did they start and how many people have been evacuated?
By Mark Collette Published 12:00 am, Thursday, June 14, 2018 A post-Hurricane Harvey flood map change in Friendswood, aimed at helping residents avoid expensive home elevations, could have aided up to 57 homes in the city of about 40,000 people, a Houston Chronicle analysis found. At the same time, the change allowed preparations for a shopping center to be built in a floodway. The situation shows that when local authorities relax flood plain requirements after flood disasters, often in a well-meaning attempt to help people recover, it can open the door to development in high-risk areas. When the city council made the map change, they billed it as necessary to prevent waterlogged homeowners from abandoning or selling their homes at steep losses. Elevating homes can cost as much as $150,000 to $200,000 for a 2,000-square-foot house. By reverting to older maps that show those homes outside the flood plain, they effectively removed the elevation requirement imposed by the … [Read more...] about Relaxed rules in flood plain help homeowners, but could have consequences later
By John D. Harden Updated 10:49 pm, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 High-Water Rescues By Neighborhood High-water rescue calls map of Houston The Houston Fire Department responded to more than 7,000 calls for high-water rescues during Hurricane Harvey. Using 911 data collected from HFD, this map shows which areas of the city of Houston placed the most calls for help during Harvey. The Houston Fire Department responded to more than 7,000 calls for... A map of the approximate 7,500 high-water rescues calls that came in during Hurricane Harvey further suggests how ineffective Harris County's flood plain map is when it comes to predicting where Houston neighborhoods will flood. The maps reveal that one neighborhood — East Houston — located in northeast Houston had the most 911 calls for high-water rescue outside of both the 100-year and 500-year flood plains, according to maps created by the Houston Chronicle using data obtained from the Houston … [Read more...] about MAP: In one Houston neighborhood, 80 percent of high-water rescue calls were outside of flood plain