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Flash flood fatalities in NSW, VIC, ACT, SE and QLD from 1 January 2000 to 30 June 2017

Source(s):  Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC)

In terms of lives lost, floods are second only to heatwaves (Coates, 1996; Coates et al 2014), and are one of the top three natural hazards in terms of cost and damage caused, disrupting the functioning of businesses and communities due to building and infrastructure damage. In terms of reducing human casualties, flash floods pose a unique challenge to emergency responders and emergency management. Consideration must be given to the efficacy of public education campaigns and warnings, the relative risks occupants face inside and outside the dwelling and the behaviour of individuals during flood events.

The current report builds on that carried out by Risk Frontiers for the New South Wales State Emergency Service [Haynes et al, 2009], which examined the fatality and injury record for Australian flash flood events from 1950 to 2008. It also continues the work done for the floods component of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Co-operative Research Centre (BNHCRC) project, “An analysis of human fatalities and building losses from natural disasters in Australia” [see Haynes et al, 2016]. The current research focuses on the circumstances surrounding fatalities resulting from flash flood events in New South Wales (NSW) from 1 January 2000 to 30 June 2017. To enable comparisons to be made, a few other jurisdictions were examined. The aim is to identify those most at risk and any trends in recent flash flood events in order to inform policy development by the NSW SES.

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  • Flash flood fatalities in NSW, VIC, ACT, SE and QLD from 1 January 2000 to 30 June 2017
  • Publication date 2019
  • Author(s) Coates, L.; O’Brien, J.; Haynes, K.; D’Arcy, R.; Smith, C.; Radford, D.
  • Number of pages 37 p.

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