Hh Environmental Perceptions Ranking : Most Important Flooding 2012
Survey participants were prompted to list the top 3 environmental problems faced in the past three years. The population of the zone overwhelmingly viewed hurricanes/cyclones (56%) and flooding (20%) as the greatest challenges.
Most of the settlements in the ten communes surveyed in 2011-2012 are along the coastline or densely concentrated along river systems. Flooding can occur rapidly and without much warning, by intense rainfall over its catchment that generates high volumes of run-off, and can quickly overrun the riverbanks and run through urban streets. Strong rainfall events, even for short periods of time, can saturate the terrain impeding its infiltration to other soil sub-layers. For more information please read the 10 commune baseline report here.
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