World’s 15 Countries with the Most People Exposed to River Floods
By Tianyi Luo, Andrew Maddocks, Charles Iceland, Philip Ward and Hessel Winsemius
Last September, Hamberton Nongtdu woke to a loudspeaker at a nearby mosque blaring a warning: Floods were coming.
Nongtdu, a Kashmiri resident, barely had time to rush to the third floor of her house before water burst through her gate and inundated the first and second floors. Nongtdu and her family survived, but unusually heavy monsoon rains in September 2014 triggered floods in India and Pakistan that claimed more than 500 lives. It was the year’s costliest catastrophe.
By Felix Krohn (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)