In July 2021, weather system ‘Bernd’ caused catastrophic damage and
inconceivable human suffering in several European countries. Severe
flooding, particularly in Germany, claimed more than 230 lives and left
many communities in ruins.
The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance's Post-Event Review Capability (PERC) methodology assesses the
impact of weather events in search of practical recommendations for
reducing future damage. PERC identified significant shortcomings in
the levels of preparedness for the dimensions of this event, as well as
the management of the crisis and the reconstruction process.
There is no time to lose in addressing these issues. As climate change
intensifies weather events further still, it is a near-certainty that without
decisive action, such an event will happen again
Szönyi, Michael; Duthie, Andrew
The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance
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