There were many factors in the cause of the flooding, these include: torrential rain, 500mm of rain fell in a few short hours, remnants of Hurricane Alex; deforestation in the valleys; the construction of small bridges across the river (trapping material behind them during the floods, creating small dams); and so on. Many people were affected by the flood which was described as a freak weather event. The floods caused the loss and destruction of property, a social impact. Peoples’ homes were destroyed, forcing residents to relocate and seek refuge. As well as this, more than 1000 cars were washed away by the floods.
The one traumatic natural disaster I have experienced was Hurricane Fran. Living on the southern east coast of the United States you are susceptible to hurricanes. Hurricane Fran hit the east coast on Sept 5th, 1996. The wind got high as 125 MPH causing over two million people to go without electricity. The heavy rainfall flooded areas inland all the way up to the Virginias.
Out of 9000 were injured, and flying glass were blinding 200 people. 6000 were homeless in the depth of the Nova Scotia in the winter. 20,000 had less than adequate shelter. Before the exploration, Halifax had a population of 50,000 after the explosions there were half of the city without homes. Resolution- In conclusion, the Halifax Harbour was destroy.
(i) Description of Disasters: Hurricane Katrina is said to have been the most costly and deadliest hurricanes in U.S history, resulting in $81.2 billion dollars in damage and 1836 casualties6. The hurricane made landfall in New Orleans in the early morning of August 29th, 2005 as a Category 3 or 4 storm. The heavy rains that were produced as the hurricane moved inland, along with the poorly designed levees, caused all 56 levees in New Orleans to fail, resulting in freshwater flooding of 80% of the city15. Hurricane Katrina devastated an area over 160 km from the storm’s eye, which included parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and most importantly, Louisiana6. It originally formed off the Bahamas, on August 23rd, as a Tropical Depression and strengthened to a Category 1 storm once it made landfall in Florida on August 25th.
Hurricane Katrina, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall on August 29, 2005. It overwhelmed the levees in New Orleans causing widespread flooding and heaping damage on neighboring Mississippi. Approximately 1,700 were reported dead and hundreds of thousands became displaced. Katrina ranks as one of the most punishing hurricanes ever to hit the United States. Damage, costing billions of dollars, has made it one of the costliest storms on record.
A wide-ranging, advanced and various approach is to be taken to reduce disasters, and support in bringing new tension to research on disasters, on pre- planning. Therefore, “to include disaster education and preparedness of the public as well as early warning systems is directly depended on us, in whom people at risk receive, understand, and act upon the warning information conveyed”(Abhishek 1). Natural disasters are the effects and result of natural hazards. Natural disasters, like hurricane Katrina, represent a serious breakdown in sustainability and disruption of economic and social progress and they signify to the great loss of human lives and their properties. The enormous number of dead, seriously incapacitated and homeless people after the strike of a natural disaster and the large amount of money to be spent for reestablishment and rehabilitation connects to a natural disaster.
Over a Million People Displaced The dam's 410-mile-long (660-kilometer-long) reservoir will flood about 244 square miles (632 square kilometers) of land—including well over a thousand towns and villages. Some 1.3 million people (another disputed number) have been or will be relocated. The Three Gorges plan includes compensation for the dispossessed, such as payments and new homes and jobs. But these efforts have been plagued by widespread local corruption and complaints that funds aren't reaching the intended recipients. Dozens of architectural and cultural sites will also disappear under the reservoir.
In some areas the water was 6 metres deep, and by the 31st of August, 80 percent of New Orleans was underwater. Numerous events and conflicts would transpire over the next few days as the state of Louisiana, and more specifically New Orleans was in a state of chaos. 81 billion dollars worth of property was destroyed, and 1,464 lives were lost as a direct result of the storm in what was the most devastating and catastrophic natural disaster the United States of America ever experienced in their history. This traumatic event spawned a backlash of hatred and animosity towards the American Government for not acting fast enough, and questions started being asked, questions that needed answers. Why did the Government not provide assistance for a mandatory evacuation?
Ryan Rosier Mrs. Ball English 9 February 27, 2014 Hurricane Katrina As Hurricane Katrina struck land in New Orleans people who didn’t leave the city were staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. Only Katrina’s gun was loaded with 140 mph gale force winds and crushing flood waters. The effects of the hurricane’s wrath were devastating enough to cause 75 billion dollars in damage. (Hurricane Katrina) Raging through while demolishing buildings, leveling entire suburbs, and taking thousands of lives was what this storm was hell bent on accomplishing. For those who didn’t leave the city, whether they couldn’t afford the costs, seeked the thrill of the storm, or just simply didn’t wanna leave on the opened interstates, (Beller) the storm
In August 2005, the Gulf Coast of the southern United States was hit by one of the most powerful hurricanes on record. Hurricane Katrina slammed into Louisiana and Mississippi with winds exceeding 170 miles per hour and storm surges of up to 26 feet. The coastal cities of Gulfport and Biloxi sustained heavy damages, but it was New Orleans that came to symbolize the devastation of the storm. The low-lying port city sits below sea level, and although it avoided the strongest winds, heavy rains and storm surges overwhelmed its levees and caused massive flooding. Much of New Orleans had been evacuated before the storm hit, but tens of thousands of people were stuck in flooded areas without power or water for days.