The state's new budget includes historic funding for flood resilience. Leaders at the local and state level are looking to projects and designs that harness the ability of nature to absorb and capture stormwater.
Caption: ‘Protection Zone’ consisting of concrete walls and demountable flood barriers at the low-lying fishing village of Tai O in Lantau Island, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China.
For the urban coastal city of Hong Kong, typhoons are a regular occurrence from May to October. Consequently, Hong Kong’s infrastructure is designed to cope with the strong winds, floods, and storm surges they bring. Recently, however, the territory experienced two powerful storms in consecutive years. In 2017, Super Typhoon Hato struck the region, and in the following year, the city witnessed Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the strongest typhoon since 1983. But Hong Kong suffered lower economic losses from both storms when compared with the neighboring Guangdong region and the city of Macau, thanks partly to its well-coordinated response and resilient infrastructure.
Commuters wade knee deep floods in Jakarta, Indonesia
The policy director of the UN agency that coordinates international humanitarian relief efforts called for ‘transformational shifts’ in thinking and action at the climate summit in Glasgow.
New results show North Atlantic hurricanes have increased in frequency over the last 150 years.
‘We still have floods and cyclones that cause a lot of damage, but we don’t lose lives.’
A man brings food aid packs out of a warehouse in Gambela, Ethiopia
Extreme weather, rising seas and hotter temperatures are increasingly affecting farmers and their harvests. What needs to change - and what could help?
As many as 879 floods and cyclone shelters in the coastal pockets have been readied to house villagers, says official.
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This study quantifies the effects of hurricane windstorms on economic activity using nightlight as a proxy at the highest spatial resolution data available and accordingly, the broader socioeconomic and environmental effects of this protection.
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This article examines how social capital was autonomously cultivated and utilised by the Cyclone Idai disaster survivors in Eastern Chimanimani, Zimbabwe to face the fresh socio-economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With each climate-related disaster, communities most at risk are being pushed into permanent displacement and homelessness, or deeper into poverty. But much could be prevented with investments in preparedness and protecting vulnerable communities.