Storms and Floods

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Newsbytes:

Russia – Heavy rains meanwhile caused floods in Russia annexed Crimea and the city of Krasnodar in southern Russia. The equivalent of a month’s rainfall fell overnight in Crimea and the river levels rose up by two meters.

China – Heavy rain has lashed more than 10 cities in the Chinese province of Shandong since the weekend, inundating streets, disrupting traffic and renewing calls for better drainage in built-up areas where concrete and asphalt trap water. Every summer, China is prone to floods that trigger landslides and swamp farmlands and cities, where rapid development and urbanisation often block off natural drainage systems. China launched a programme in 2015 to create “sponge cities” that can safely retain and drain more rainwater, with permeable asphalt and pavements among the potential technological solutions. Official data shows that about 98 per cent of China’s 654 major cities are vulnerable to flooding and water-logging, with rapid growth in recent decades creating urban sprawls that covered floodplains with impermeable concrete resulting in a call for more ‘sponge cities’.

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