Water-Related Disasters account for about 90% of natural disasters globally. Global warming and climate change have resulted in change in weather patterns around the world. In various regions rainfall patterns have change drastically resulting in unprecedented river flows. In the recent years many parts of Kenya have received above normal rainfall, this has resulted in flooding in various parts of the country. Some of the most affected regions are the lake basin region, Narok, lower Tana river basin and lower Nzoia river basin. In the past few months water level in Lake Vitoria have been rising submerging nearby shopping centers, homes and farm lands. In 2014 there was a rise in water level in Lake Baringo resulting in flooding in nearby homes, hotels and a school.
In India, floods have become a recurrent phenomenon, causing huge loss of lives and damage to livelihood system, property, infrastructure and public utilities in several parts of the country. As the country receives 80 percent of its precipitation during monsoons (June to September), constraints like erosion of river-banks, drainage congestion, and indiscriminate encroachment of waterways lead to annual flooding in many parts
To minimize the impacts of floods there is need for government to formulate and implement flood disaster risk strategic plans. The plan should identify projects and activities necessary in management of floods, it should also coordinate stakeholder activities. Mapping flood prone areas and use of satellite data in flood management is vital. To minimize impacts of floods it is also important to invest in flood early warning systems.
Families living in flood prone areas are at risk of losing their livelihood, property and life. Poor families in these regions are some of the most vulnerable and require support when a flood disaster strike. To cushion victims’ governments should design and implement disaster risk financing strategies for flood risk.
Columbia Global Centers-Nairobi in collaboration with the Columbia Global Centers-Mumbai, University of Nairobi and Center for Science and Environment welcome you to register and engage with us during this critical subject on floods management.
Introduction Description of Floods. (Risk, Hazard and Disaster)
Flood Management Planning
Mapping and Use of Satellite Data in Flood Management
Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS)
Flood Management Funding
Panel of Speakers:
Dr. Beth Tellman - Post doctoral research scientist International Research Institute for Climate and society, Earth Institue - Columbia University
Prof. John Mutter - Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, SIPA, Columbia University
Prof. John Obiero - Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, University of Nairobi
Ms. Susmita Sengupta - Center for Science and Environment - India
Ms. Agnes Mbugua - CEO, Regional Centre on Groundwater Resource Education Training and Research
Mr. Johannes Orodi Odhiambo - Dept. of Environmental and Biosystems Engineering, University of Nairobi
>>>The Webinar will start at 3pm (Nairobi) 8am (NY) 5:30pm (India)