UN calls for more investment to reduce flash flood risks

7 October 2015

The director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today highlighted the need for urban areas to dedicate more funds to reduce the effects of flash floods such as those recently registered in Guatemala, United States and France.

He stressed that this type of phenomenon, which is sometimes accompanied by landslides, has become common in many regions in the last two decades and expectations are that heavy rainfall will continue to occur as a result of climate change.

The director of UNISDR stressed that flash floods usually arrive with hardly any prior signs, which is why they often cause the loss of human life and other serious damage, as has occurred in the town of Santa Catarina Pulina, in Guatemala, and also in the southern France and South Carolina.

Improving weather forecast systems, as well as identifying the areas most at risk from extreme events such as flash floods, can help mitigate risks.

Investment in resilient infrastructure, including better channeling of fallen water and drainage systems, is also encouraged.

7 October 2015

The director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Margareta Wahlström, today highlighted the need for urban areas to dedicate more funds to reduce the effects of flash floods such as those recently registered in Guatemala, United States and France.

He stressed that this type of phenomenon, which is sometimes accompanied by landslides, has become common in many regions in the last two decades and expectations are that heavy rainfall will continue to occur as a result of climate change.

The director of UNISDR stressed that flash floods usually arrive with hardly any prior signs, which is why they often cause the loss of human life and other serious damage, as has occurred in the town of Santa Catarina Pulina, in Guatemala, and also in the southern France and South Carolina.

Improving weather forecast systems, as well as identifying the areas most at risk from extreme events such as flash floods, can help mitigate risks.

Investment in resilient infrastructure, including better channeling of fallen water and drainage systems, is also encouraged.