Saving lives and livelihoods-The urgent need to invest in flood resilience
Floods affect more people globally than any other type of natural
hazard, with over 734 million people affected by floods in the last
ten years. Global warming is increasing the severity of flooding,
with negative impacts on livelihoods and countries’ ability to
reach development objectives. There are preventive measures
that can build flood resilience, but these are significantly
and when we fail to invest in risk reduction,
these hazards become disasters with devastating consequences.
Donors and national governments need to act urgently to increase
funding at the local level, so communities can protect themselves
from the devastating impacts of floods and other hazards.