Tag: Flooding

Resilient infrastructure brings the Mexican community together

Find how Mexico develops its flood-prevention capacity using original and ingenious resilient methods!

The global geopolitics of disaster: The case of the Nepali floods

Medium and low development countries experienced 64% of all disasters globally, but 92% of the deaths and 97% of the populations severely affected by them.

Major environmental disasters: August 2017

Hurricane Harvey is likely to be one of the costliest natural disasters in the USA. See the list of major environmental disasters in August 2017.

Cyclone Zeus’ loss estimated at 284 million euros

The revised loss estimate the property insurance market from Cyclone Zeus in France is up and it goes up to 284M euros. Natural disaster can be costly!

The inspiring story of a resilient Texas grocery chain running in the chaos of Hurricane Harvey

In Texas, a grocery chain is now inspiring memes. One goes like this: "State and federal resources are struggling to get into impacted areas. H.E.B. — outta the way, we're coming." Another adds: "I’ll see your FEMA and Red Cross and raise you my Texas grocery store chain." The images refer to the largest grocer ...

Texas hit by Hurricane Harvey: what we know so far

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, after swiftly gathering strength over the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall as a category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130mph (210km/h), making it the strongest hurricane to hit the US since the category 3 Wilma battered Florida in 2005. The ...

Major environmental disasters: July 2017

Relentless seasonal flooding that began in mid-June resulted in continued fatalities and damage across parts of Asia in July, causing an estimated US$11 billion in economic losses, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap report. Impact Forecasting noted that the greatest flooding impacts in Asia were recorded in China, where the Ministry of Civil ...

Flooding-related displacement and mental health

In the past decade, flooding took place in 50 of 53 countries in the WHO European region, with the most severe floods in Romania, Russia, Turkey, and the UK. It is projected that flooding could affect 250 000–400 000 additional people across Europe by the 2080s with the UK and central Europe among the most severely affected. ...

Major environmental disasters: June 2017

Impact Forecasting has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during June 2017. A thunderstorm over Saskatoon on June 2 that spawned ping pong ball-sized hail is estimated to cost more than US$30 million, Aon Benfield said in its ...

Major environmental disasters: May 2017

Impact Forecasting has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during May 2017. Several low pressure systems that brought heavy rainfall to portions of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes last month caused “hundreds of millions” in U.S. dollars and ...

Inflatable plug for subway tunnels demonstrated

A giant, inflatable structure designed to prevent flooding in subways was rolled out, literally, for media observers inside a full-scale, mock subway tunnel. In a demonstration, the plug, in under five minutes, nearly filled with pressurized air, created a flexible but extremely strong barrier. Full inflation is complete in less than twelve minutes. As the ...

Major environmental disasters: April 2017

Impact Forecasting has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during April 2017. View the full Impact Forecasting April 2017 Global Catastrophe Recap report (PDF). Flooding in multiple communities in southern Ontario and Quebec in April and into May ...