Effective risk management for flash flood disasters is now achievable, thanks to 21st century technological advances in communication technology, spatial data analysis, and weather prediction.
Rabindra P. Osti
Dr. Osti has been working on water-related projects at ADB’s East Asia Department since 2015. Prior to his current role, he worked as a consultant for some of ADB’s and World Bank’s South Asia, South-East Asia, and East Asia projects. He also served in various capacities for the United Nations and affiliated agencies. He has over 20 years of working experience in the field of water resources management in Asia and Pacific region.
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Flash floods have increased and become more unpredictable, and their toll on lives and livelihoods is growing as well. There is much we still don’t know about how to manage floods, but there are key policy actions we can take now.
It is time to establish partnerships and expand to a whole-of-society approach to cope with the disasters and crises that are increasingly threatening developing countries.
Solutions that include both urban and rural environments, and the connections between the two, are needed to improve river health in Asia and the Pacific.
In many countries, new approaches to flood management are replacing traditional reactive measures.