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Originally posted by boaby_phet
reply to post by masqua
thats the first ive heard, or can find about that!
is that like a real link? or simulation, as theirs no flood warnings on the met office site..
Originally posted by ambushrocks
Funny thing is we have never (and i mean NEVER!!) had a hurrican, typhoon or any other big natural disaster happening here.
Excuse me? We have had the flood of 1953!
I know it's quite a while ago but the dikes are not all in good shape and with most of us being below sealevel and with weather conditions worsening this can be a huge risk.
I do agree however with your conclusion that it's odd that all of the sudden we all need to go prepare ourselfs for emergencies. The Dutch government is usually quite layed back on that kind of thing.
Originally posted by poet1b
Just out of curiosity, if the worlds oceans rise as predicted, are the Dutch developing plans to raise their sea walls accordingly, cause I hope so. Being my family came from those parts about a half a millenium or so ago, and in case all else fails, it would be nice to think I could go home should need be. Not meaning to be thinking only of myself and all.
These 66 are listed sequentially, not by amount of lives lost or damage done. Some may have other situations which COULD be included in preference to some of these. Note also, we're only going back less than 900 years here, because there's little record to document natural disasters prior to that.
Also note that many figures are only rough estimates. As we have seen recently, after so many thousands, many people assisting with the disaster relief stop keeping accurate records - they're just too overwhelmed, too tired, too busy doing what has to be done and still survive themselves, that keeping detailed records ceases to be a priority for them. In some cases government authorities for various reasons have tried to hide the true figures (see 1976, China below); other situations involve more deaths from the "aftermath", so there are different reports given by different sources.
The TEN Worst Natural Disasters in the last thousand years (not counting malaria) - each with a million or more deaths - are coded. These ten combined resulted in over one hundred million lives lost - mostly through famine or plague.
What lessons can be learned from this information?
Originally posted by libertytoall
I recently watched a show on the Discovery or History Channel here in the states that was entirely about the flood gates that protect England and how big cities like England have the $$ to protect the public in the event of disaster. I'm not sure if the timing is just coincedence.
[edit on 4-11-2008 by libertytoall]