January 31, 2023

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Floods threaten 1/3 of the world’s population (video)

Every third inhabitant of our planet is at risk of floods.

A recent scientific study shows, writes CNN Greecethat the threat comes from rains, rivers and seas. Tsunamis and storms, river floods and heavy rainfall – natural disasters can devastatingly strike human areas, choosing potential victims in all parts of the world.

In 2020, several hours of heavy rain resulted in catastrophic floods on the Greek island of Evia. As a result of cataclysms, 5 people died, including an 8-month-old baby.

A court in Athens this past June sentenced eight people to prison terms found guilty of contributing to the deaths of 25 people during flash floodsthat flooded the city mandra in Attica in November 2017.

In 2016, southeastern Greece was hit by a powerful tropical downpour with hail. Due to the mountainous terrain, strong currents of water quickly flooded all the lowlands. Several cars fell into water traps. A powerful tropical downpour with hail swept over the metropolitan area of ​​Attica. According to weather forecasters, the amount of precipitation, depending on the areas, was from 50 to 100 millimeters.

And this list of cataclysms that affected only Greece can be continued for a long time. An explanatory video talks about the areas most vulnerable to flooding and why it happens:

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