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HUMANITIES YEAR 9: FLOODS

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HUMANITIES YEAR 9: FLOODS

  1. 1. FLOODS YEAR 9 HUMANITIES
  2. 2. DEFINITION A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land that is usually dry. Floods are an area of study of the discipline hydrology and are of significant concern in agriculture, civil engineering and public health. Contemporary picture of the flood that struck the North Sea coast of Germany and Denmark in October 1634.
  3. 3. OVERFLOW OR ACCUMULATION Flooding may occur as an overflow of water from water bodies, such as a river, lake, or ocean, in which the water overtops or breaks levees, resulting in some of that water escaping its usual boundaries. It may also occur due to an accumulation of rainwater on saturated ground in an areal flood. People seeking refuge from flood in Jawa Tengah, Java. ca. 1865–1876.
  4. 4. ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES Floods often cause damage to homes and businesses if they are in the natural flood plains of rivers. While riverine flood damage can be eliminated by moving away from rivers and other bodies of water, people have traditionally lived and worked by rivers because the land is usually flat and fertile and because rivers provide easy travel and access to commerce and industry.
  5. 5. FLASH FLOODS Some floods develop slowly, while others such as flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Floods can be local, impacting a neighbourhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins (like the Amazon Basin in Brazil).
  6. 6. AREA FLOODS Areal flooding begins in flat areas like floodplains and in local depressions not connected to a stream channel. Floods can happen on flat or low-lying areas when water is supplied by rainfall or snowmelt more rapidly than it can either infiltrate or run off. The excess accumulates in place. Surface soil can become saturated, which effectively stops infiltration. Infiltration also is very slow through frozen ground, rock, concrete, paving, or roofs.
  7. 7. RIVERINE FLOODS (CHANNEL) Floods occur in all types of river and stream channels, from the smallest streams in humid zones to normally-dry channels in arid climates to the world's largest rivers. Localized flooding may be caused by drainage obstructions such as landslides, ice, debris, or beaver dams. The increase in flow may be the result of sustained rainfall, rapid snow melt, monsoons, or tropical cyclones.
  8. 8. COASTAL FLOODS Coastal areas may be flooded by storm events at sea, resulting in waves over-topping defences or in severe cases by tsunami or tropical cyclones. A storm surge, from either a tropical cyclone or an extratropical cyclone, falls within this category.
  9. 9. URBAN FLOODS Urban flooding is the inundation of land or property in a built environment, particularly in more densely populated areas, caused by rainfall overwhelming the capacity of drainage systems, such as storm sewers.
  10. 10. CATASTROPHIC FLOODS Catastrophic riverine flooding is usually associated with major infrastructure failures such as the collapse of a dam, but they may also be caused by drainage channel modification from a landslide, earthquake or volcanic eruption. Examples include outburst floods and lahars. Tsunamis can cause catastrophic coastal flooding, most commonly resulting from undersea earthquakes.
  11. 11. DEADLIEST FLOODS IN HISTORY 1. China Floods from 1931 – 3.7 million death toll 2. China Floods from 1887 – 2 million death toll 3. China Floods from 1938 – 700.000 death toll

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