AI can definitely help us monitor floods and could perhaps even deliver more accurate early-warning messages in the near future.
Flooding in Kinston, North Carolina during Tropical Storm Florence, September 14, 2018.
NC National Guard
Widespread flooding in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence shows the need for better advance planning in inland areas of the south and mid-Atlantic, especially near rivers.
Relocation from risky areas is the only safe response.
High tides, whipped in by Hurricane Hazel in 1954, shattered boats and buildings in Swansboro, N.C.
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As Hurricane Florence is expected to pound the Carolinas with significant flooding, an insurance expert explains how the program designed to help the millions affected recover.
People of color tend to suffer financially more than whites after natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina.
A new study shows that natural disasters enrich white victims while hurting people of color, worsening wealth inequality. And government aid contributes to the problem.
Residents of Pandanad sit in a bus stop surrounded by flood waters, in Kerala, India.
Uncontrolled growth at the expense of the environment will severely exacerbate the impacts of climate change. As shown with tragic floods in India, our cities are not prepared for extreme events.
Businesses in Humble, Texas, part of metropolitan Houston, surrounded by floodwater from Hurricane Harvey, August 29, 2017.
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Hurricane Harvey swamped much of Houston in 2017, causing more damage than all other US hurricanes except Katrina. But now the city is authorizing construction in zones at high risk for flooding.
More than 350 people have died after intense rainfall in the Indian state.
A woman gets back into her flooded car on the Toronto Indy course on Lakeshore Boulevard in Toronto on July 8, 2013. Housing developers are building housing on known flood plains in cities around the world.
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Cities around the world, including Toronto, are building housing on flood plains knowing the risks in the era of climate change. Here's why that will contribute to growing inequality in our cities.
A major cause of flooding in Nairobi is inappropriate building on riparian land.
Riparian zones are meant to be a vital part of Nairobi's drainage system, but they've been built on.
Cape Town narrowly avoided “Day Zero,” but that doesn’t mean the city is resilient to future water shortages.
Cape Town faced down "Day Zero" earlier this year, but that doesn't mean its water system is resilient. Other cities should also take note.
Three of the 12 rescued boys in their hospital beds.
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A scholar, who has conducted research on the Thai caves in which 12 children were recently trapped, explains their power and appeal, including the rituals and myth surrounding these sacred sites.
A photo taken on June 1, 2016, on the banks of the Seine.
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Although it is unlikely to find a scenario similar to that of the major flood of 1910, France’s national flood forecasting network is closely monitoring the level of the Seine.
Hurricane Irma passes Cuba and approaches southern Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, with Hurricane Jose at lower right.
The 2018 hurricane season starts on June 1, with some communities still recovering from 2017 storms. Scholars offer insights about where the risks lie and who is most vulnerable during and after hurricanes.
About 40% of Nairobi’s water supply gets lost on the way to consumers.
The beauty of rainwater harvesting is that anybody can do it.
A storm caused flooding in the CBD as it swept through Hobart.
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Managing flood risk is not just 'good planning'; it requires commitment to resilient cities by land developers, politicians and communities. Effective response means learning from mistakes.
Flood waters rise in the Montreal neighbourhood of Cartierville in May 2017.
The risk of urban flooding is rising. Overall, residents and municipalities are ill prepared, but there are steps homeowners can take to protect themselves.
Heavy rainfall triggered extensive flooding across the province of Alberta in 2013.
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Calgary has already had two 100-year floods in less than a decade. But the city and the province have yet to take action to meaningfully lower the risk of future flood damages.
Cyclone Ava caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage in Madagascar.
Madagascar gets hit by an average of four cyclones each year but their full impact is still being tracked.
Slums like Mathare in Nairobi are particularly prone to flooding.
The health challenges that Nairobi can expect in the wake of heavy rains are largely preventable.