It is little-known that floods cause more damage each year globally than any other form of natural disaster. Currently, global average annual flood losses are estimated at $104 billion, with China incurring the highest losses. China's floods cannot be completely eliminated; however, impacts can be significantly reduced by proper land use planning and flood management.
A new UN General Assembly resolution recognizes the important role of parliamentarians and good governance in achieving the overall 2030 Development Agenda and in the implementation of the Sendai Framework. It recognizes in particular the work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in mobilizing parliamentary action towards the implementation of the agenda and framework.
In the absence of any early flood warning system, villagers in Assam are banking on abnormal animal behaviour to predict and survive sudden inundation of their houses, say researchers. Locals also rely on observation of celestial bodies, nature and meteorology. These measures and techniques are locality specific, require no external help, and are inherently scientific.