Floods are the most frequent among all natural disasters. In 2010 alone, 178 million people globally were affected by floods. More than 90 % of the global population exposed to floods lives in Asia.
With rapid urbanization, growing populations and long-term climate change trends, urban flooding is becoming an increasingly serious development challenge. The most effective way to manage flood risk is to take an integrated approach which combines both structural and non-structural measures. But the key is getting the balance right.
Abhas Jha, lead author of the new report "Cities and Flooding:A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century" (and occasional blogger here) will be online for a live Question & Answer discussion on how to prepare for and manage floods in cities. Join the discussion on Wednesday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. EST (16:00 GMT) and/or send your question right now --there's a better chance of having it answered during the event.
See you there.