Archive for the ‘Flood’ Category

Flood Protection Products: Floodguards Systems

Flood Guard Systems Ltd. (Floodguards) has created a number of product that are fairly helpful come rainy season. Floodguards’ products are practical yet effective. Airbrick CoversAirbricks and wall vents are integral in modern building construction. Without them, air would not be able to circulate inside infrastructures and would build up condensation. However, though airbricks and vents allow air to circulate, they also allow water to get in quickly during a flood. Airbricks and vents need wat…

Wall For Flood Control by Yanko Design

Yanko Design, the web magazine that features the best international modern designs in the fields of industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion, presents The Wall for Flood Control, a concept by designer Ho-Hyeok Lee. This unique concept may be the perfect solution for living areas that are naturally prone to flooding. Features and functionThe device is made up of partitions that are locked together to form a platform/wall. These panels are safe…

Flood Statistics

Water-Related DisastersBetween 1990-2001, 2,200 water-related disasters occurred, floods account for 50% of these disasters.Water-borne and vector disease outbreaks account for 28%, droughts, 11%, landslide and avalanches, 9% and famine account for 2%.Most affected areasAmong the continents, Asia is the most affected – 35%, followed closely by Africa – 29%, the Americas – 20%. Europe – 13, and Oceania – 3%.FloodsFloods account for 15% of all deaths related to natural disasters, famines for 42%. …

Protect Your Home Against Flood Damages

Be prepared. In the event of a flood, there are a few simple ways to protect your home and belongings from being damaged. Create your own emergency flood plan.Check your insurance coverKnow where your gas, electricity and water mains are located in advance of a flood.Think about what you would want to move to safety during a floodKeep all of your electrical items as high up in your house as possible.Store important documents in a waterproof sealed bag in a safe location from flood water.Think ab…

Flood: Natural Hazard

Flooding hazards can be divided as primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary hazards are those that occur due to contact with flood water. Secondary effects are those that occur as direct effect of flooding such as disruption of services (such as power interruptions) and health impacts such as famine and disease. A sample of a tertiary effect, on the other hand, are changes in the position of river channels. Flooding is considered to be one of the most devastating disasters in terms of cost as re…

Importance of Flood Levees

Known as a dike in European countries, a levee is basically a flood bank or slope that runs parallel to a river. Either natural or man made, a levee helps protect an area from being flooded by serving as a protective dam or wall to the rising river during heavy rains.  However, there are times when levees fail. Sometimes the water from the river is so strong that an actual part of the levee breaks resulting to a whole where the flood water rushes in. This kind of levee failure is referred to as …

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

About 80 years ago, one of the worst flooding in the history of the United States devastated seven states and placed more than 26,000 square miles of land under water. Affected were the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.  The 1927 Mississippi flood began a year before when torrential rains fell in the region. The area experienced extraordinary heavy rains during the summer of 1926 and went on through winter until spring. The record rains was t…

Britain’s Flood Resilience Program

A lot of areas in UK are at high risk of being flooded. The series of floods that hit England and Whales these past few months is a testament to that fact. There are an estimated 5 million people and around 470,000 properties in England and Wales situated in flood risk areas.  Floods have always been a major issue in Britain because they happen quite frequently, affects a large number of people, wrecks considerable amount of properties, and are very very costly. June 2007 was one of the wettest …

Flood Related Health Issues

Communicable diseases are, simply put, contagious diseases. They are any disease that can be spread through the air, by direct contact or through contaminated body fluids. Some examples of communicable diseases include diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, malaria, measles, pertussis, tetanus, meningitis, and hepatitis B.  How do these diseases relate to floods? Well, floods can readily increase the spread of communicable diseases, but not all of them. We can classify the diseases transmitted during…

Threat of Disease Rises with Floods

The recent flooding in the UK, Bangladesh, India, Korea, Indonesia, and now Africa has displaced quite a number of people, damaged a lot of public and private properties, destroyed agricultural crops and livestocks, and crippled the economy of countries.  But the news of these obvious destructions and the lost in human life are not the only effects that we should worry about from flooding of this magnitude. It is what happens after the water subsides that we really begin to feel that what happen…