1.47 billion people face flood risk worldwide: for over a third, it could be devastating

Flooding is one of the most common and severe hazards disrupting people’s lives and flood_risks_colombo_sri_lanka_bloglivelihoods around the world. Floods often cause unmitigated damage and suffering, especially in lower income countries where infrastructure systems – including drainage and flood protection – tend to be less developed. While countries at all levels of development face flood risk, the vast majority of the world’s flood exposed people – 89% – live in low- and middle- income countries.  Critically, it is not only major, more infrequent floods, but also smaller, frequent events that can reverse years of progress in poverty reduction and development.

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