Flooding, Boscastle (MEDC)
- August 2004.
- Cornwall, UK.
- Heavy rainfall from storms, two rivers burst their banks.
- 2 billion litres of water rushed down the valley into Boscastle.
- On the day of the flood, 75mm of rain fell in 2 hours.
- The Valency and Jordan rivers overflowed.
- Primary: cars swept to sea, buildings damaged, water gushed into houses, trees uprooted.
- Church filled with 6 feet of mud and water.
- Long term: huge financial cost, major rebuild.
- Nobody died, airlift using helicopters, Prince Charles made a large donation, increased flood defences.
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Flooding, Bangladesh (LEDC)
- 2004 floods, July to September.
- By July, 40% of Dhaka underwater.
- 60% of country submerged.
- 30 million out of 140 million homeless.
- 750 dead.
- Airport flooded, bridges destroyed, hampered relief effort.
- Damage put to $7 billion.
- Rice, the main food crop, was washed away.
- Food supplies, medicine and clothing was distributed.
- Disease from contaminated water remained a major threat.
- Long term responses: embankments built, flood warnings and provision of food shelters.
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