Report: There will be floods: risk could double for world’s coastal and river communities by 2030

The Narwhal discusses a report showing that there will be floods and that the risk could double for world’s coastal and river communities by 2030.

Without major investments in flood protection, the number of people affected by coastal and river flooding each year could more than double by 2030, according to an analysis released Thursday by World Resources Institute.

By 2030, coastal flooding is forecasted to affect 15 million people worldwide, while sea level rise and coastal storm surges could cause US$177 billion in urban property damage, according to data from the institute’s updated Aqueduct Floods, a tool that measures and maps flood risks around the world. River flooding, meanwhile, is expected to affect 132 million people each year and cause US$535 billion of property damage in urban areas.

This major increase in risk is driven by climate change, population growth, development in flood-plains and sinking land in coastal areas.

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