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CLONMEL, 27 March 2014 - The last time a major flood threatened Ireland’s largest inland town, Clonmel Borough Council distributed 7,000 sandbags. Food packs and accommodation were prepared for evacuees. Traffic diversions were agreed. Vulnerable households were contacted by phone. That was in 2009 when the river level rose two metres. This year, the w…
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28 January 2014
GENEVA, 28 January 2014 – The French capital, Paris, has been invited to join the “Making Cities Resilient” Campaign by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction as a new OECD analysis reveals the extent of the city’s exposure to a repeat of a major flood disaster. The OECD Review on Flood Risk Management of the Seine River – commissioned by Etablissem…
GUAYAQUIL, 29 May 2014 - A new global framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) must seek to strengthen the role of local government because the impact of all disasters is local, the 4th Session of the Americas Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard on Wednesday. With urban populations set to continue rising, it is vital that local governments ca…
By Biljana Markova BELGRADE/SARAJEVO, 19 May 2014 – The worst flooding since records began 120 years ago hit Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina over the weekend, when three months' worth of rain fell on the region, bursting river banks and revealing areas at risk that need to be addressed. Dozens of people are now feared dead, and tens of thousands have…
CAIRO, 26 May 2014 – Recurrent flooding is becoming more of a threat in the Arab region, a part of the world usually associated with drought and desertification. At least seven people were killed, schools were forced to close and vehicles were swept away in the latest flash flooding the Saudi Arabian province of Hail. The Head of the United Nations Of…
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10 October 2014
MADRID, 9 October 2014 - The recurrence of flooding, one of Europe’s most persistent natural hazards, presents both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to disaster reduction, a conference heard on Wednesday. Both the Balkans and the United Kingdom have experienced heavy floods in the last year, with surging water levels in Serbia in May leadin…
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15 September 2014
SHARM EL SHEIKH, 15 September 2014 - The Egyptian governorate of South Sinai yesterday advanced a proposal to raise funds from the private sector and other donors, to combat flash floods such as those which destroyed exclusive parts of the Taba Red Sea resort area on May 8. General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai, Egypt, told a press conference…
BANGKOK, 22 September 2014 - Heavy rains have caused major devastation over the weekend in the Philippines, France and Italy and may be further indications of the “new normal” that the world will have to deal with, if no accelerated action is taken to keep global warming within 2˚C. These latest events add to the toll which floods are already taking on…