Urban flood disaster management

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Flood impact is one of the most significant disasters in the world. More than half of global flood damages occur in Asia. Causes of floods are due to natural factors such as heavy rainfall, high floods and high tides, etc., and human factors such as blocking of channels or aggravation of drainage channels, improper land use, deforestation in headwater regions, etc. Floods result in losses of life and damage properties. Population increase results in more urbanization, more impervious area and less infiltration and greater flood peak and runoff. Problems become more critical due to more severe and frequent flooding likely caused by climate change, socio-economic damage, population affected, public outcry and limited funds. Flood loss prevention and mitigation includes structural flood control measures such as construction of dams or river dikes and non-structural measures such as flood forecasting and warning, flood hazard and risk management, public participation and institutional arrangement, etc. This paper describes concepts, policy, plan and operation on integrated urban flood disaster and risk management. In most developing countries, flood disaster management activities are handled by government. Participation of nongovernmental agencies and private sectors are very limited. Activities are exercised rather independently without proper coordination or integration. Flood disaster management in developing countries is mostly reactive responding to prevailing disaster situations (emergency response and recovery). Reactive response should be changed to proactive response to increase effectiveness of management and reduce losses of life and properties. Proactive disaster management requires more participation from various governments, non-governmental and private agencies and public participation. It involves more effort and time, more budget, equipments, facilities and human resources which leads to integration of flood disaster management for both long term and short term activities. Strategic framework on integrated flood disaster management includes four cyclic steps namely: 1) preparedness before flood impact such as flood forecasting and warning; 2) readiness upon flood arrival; 3) emergency responses during flood impact and; 4) recovery and rehabilitation after flood impact. Examples on urban flood disaster and risk management in Thailand are illustrated and discussed. Conclusions and recommendations for further improvement are provided. © 2010 Published by Elsevier Ltd.




Tingsanchali, T. (2012). Urban flood disaster management. In Procedia Engineering (Vol. 32, pp. 25–37). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2012.01.1233

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