Disaster resilient infrastructure: A tale of two floods
The Centre for Crisis Studies and Mitigation at The University of Manchester invites you for a virtual session.
Globally rainfall patterns are changing due to climate change, introducing major challenges to the resilience infrastructure especially in developing countries such as Iraq and Thailand. A need to invest in more climate-resilient infrastructure to sustain the economic growth of the country when a disaster hit.
These challenges in climate can be more intense in areas of continuing conflict such as Iraq where unpredictable torrential rainfall events. As the land previously known as Mesopotamia (ancient Greek for ‘between two rivers’), Iraq has a long experience of fluvial flooding and is home to the oldest written record of The Great Flood story. The current challenges for Iraqi infrastructure, and associated governmental efforts and policies are explored. In the case of Thailand, heavy rainfall events driven by tropical storms have resulted in the country’s worst flooding in recent memory. ‘The Great Flood’ of 2011 caused significant damage to power supply, telecommunication, transportation, water supply and sanitation infrastructure. The governmental response to this and future challenges will be discussed.
The talk will be followed by moderated Q&A and will be livestreamed.
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Rwayda Al Hamd
Role: Research Associate
Organisation: The University of Manchester
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