Cities and flooding: A guide to integrated urban flood risk management for the 21st century
Jha, A., Bloch, R. and Lamond, J. (2012) Cities and flooding: A guide to integrated urban flood risk management for the 21st century. Washington, DC: GFDRR/World Bank. ISBN 978-0-8213-8866-2
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Urban flooding is a serious and growing development challenge. It is a global phenomenon which causes widespread devastation, economic damages and loss of human lives. The occurrence of floods is the most frequent among all natural disasters globally. In 2010 alone, 178 million people were affected by floods. The total losses in exceptional years such as 1998 and 2010 exceeded $40 billion. Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century provides forward-looking operational assistance to policy makers and technical specialists in the rapidly expanding cities and towns of the developing world on how best to manage the risk of floods. It takes a strategic approach, in which appropriate risk management measures are assessed, selected and integrated in a process that both informs and involves the full range of stakeholders.