Floods occur due to heavy rainfall in one area within a short period of time causing rivers and streams to overflow. We consider floods to be natural but sometimes an area floods because of human behaviours such as poor land use, rubbish dumping or cutting down trees. Floods are one of the most common natural disasters occurring in many parts of the world every year. The effects of floods include spread of epidemic diseases, soil erosion, destruction of wildlife habitat and forests, damage and destruction to buildings, bridges, roads, sewer pipes, power lines, and agricultural land. Flood affected areas are often faced with an acute shortage of food and drinking water.
The Weather Channel – The Dangers of Flash Flooding
What does flash flooding actually look like? In our new Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR), we place ourselves in the middle of the action and show the immense dangers of this natural disaster.
Manorama Online – Kerala Floods – The Complete Picture
This video tells the story of the floods that happened between August 9 and August 19 2018 in Kerala, India.
Earth Day: A Dutch solution may mitigate flood damage
As climate scientists say powerful storms will be more frequent in the future, damage from hurricanes could be lessened with stormwater management.
Now explore some written sources.
You might follow some of the links below or identify your own sources to extend your learning and help you to complete your worksheet:
- Flood and community safety information
- Severe Weather 101: Flood Basics
- Flood safety tips
- Why storm surges and flooding are the biggest hurricane hazards
- Flood Waters or Standing Waters: What are the health risks
- Flooding in India
- Japan’s Experience With Earthquakes Can Help Teach Us to Learn to Live With Floods
- Why Flooding Is Still So Difficult to Predict and Prepare For?