A flood is an overflow of a body of water (rive, lake) that submerges land or the abnormal accumulation of water on the surface due to excess rainfall and rise of the groundwater level above surface on impermeable or saturated terrains. source: CRED
7 Oct 2015, UNISDR
Ms. Wahlström said: 'A frightening feature of flash floods is that they happen with little or no warning resulting in the tragic loss of life which we have seen in recent days in Guatemala... Improvements in local weather forecasting can help improve early warnings. Risk and hazard mapping can identify potential disaster spots and motivate investment in resilient infrastructure'...
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Source of data: 2009 Global Assessment Report
|Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database|
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