Victims and affected people in Pakistan flood, August 2010
Seasonal fooding can occur along all the major watersheds
in the Himalayan region (Figure 11–14). The largest problems
occur in food prone areas with high population densities.
This includes parts of northeast India, south-central Nepal,
central and southern Pakistan, large parts of Bangladesh and
lower reaches of the large rivers in China. In India around
40 million people are affected by fooding annually and the
damage has been estimated...
15 Feb 2010 - by Riccardo Pravettoni
Sources of water for domestic use in Port Harcourt
The main source of water in Port Harcourt is boreholes, which account to about 50 per cent of the water sources for domestic use. Many of these boreholes are shallow, making them prone to pollution, and increasing the risk of water-borne diseases.
18 Mar 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Wildfires in South Africa
Wildfires mostly affect rural settlements, but to an increasing degree also urban areas, which have developed in fire-prone areas. The impact of wildfires in natural vegetation on the poorest groups of the population cannot be overstated. Many informal settlements are located in the transition zone between densely settled land and land carrying high fuel loads. If not properly managed such areas pose a high risk of wildfires, which may inflict se...
01 Mar 2011 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal