IFNet Newsletter July 2011 issue
Aug 2, 2011 / IFNet secretariat
|MAJOR FLOODS on July 2011
1.Flooding in Korea and Japan
1-1 Flood in Republic of Korea
heaviest rains in 100 years, totaled over 530mm, attacked on Seoul and
its surrounding areas from July 26 to 28, resulted in leaving 60 dead
and 10 missing. Because of this relentless rain, roads in the central
Seoul were flooded like rivers and some subway lines stopped running.
1-2 Flood in Japan
same rain-front, which hit Korea, brought intensive rains in Niigata
and Fukushima Prefecture of northeastern Japan. The death tolls rose to
three and three people are still missing. More than 180,000 people were
asked to evacuate by the authorities. This region experienced serious
flood disasters in July, 2004, which resulted in the death of 16
people. The damage to human lives of this time seemed to be reduced
because people in this region were still aware of severeness of 2004
flood disaster and they well prepared to evacuate from earlier stage.
However, some people, who had took refugee from Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear power plant, were forced to evacuate again and passed an
2.Updated information about the Great East Japan Earthquake
efforts are taken by the Government of Japan on recovery and
rehabilitation in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The
Basic Reconstruction Law from Great East Japan Earthquake was approved
on June 20 which aims at establishing an independent agency for
reconstruction work and at setting special zones for early and smooth
reconstruction. Recovery and reconstruction works are eagerly promoted
under the policy direction of establishing the system to promote
gTsunami-resistant community development through multiple defense
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
3.U.S. NOAA released the report on climate extremes of Spring 2011
spring of 2011 brought extreme weather and climate events to many parts
of the United States, which include tornadoes, flooding, drought, and
wildfires. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
released the technical report in the following website.
4.Introduction of IDIfs activities: Support of JICA training and dialogue program on climate change adaptation
Development Institute (IDI) supported the implementation of JICA
Hyogofs training and dialogue program gCapacity Development of Policy
Making in Climate Change Adaptation in Water Sectorh, which was held
for eleven days starting from June 14, 2011. This program aims at
strengthening the capacity of high-level administrative officers of
Vietnamese government for making policy on climate change adaptation.
The detailed report can be found on the following website.
5.Fifth International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM5) in Tokyo, September 27-29
is the only recurring international conference wholly focused on flood
related issues. It is designed to bring together practitioners and
researchers alike, including engineers, planners, health specialists,
disaster managers, decision makers, and policy makers engaged in
various aspects of floodplain management. The ICFM5 theme is "Floods:
From Risk to Opportunity", reflective of the continued trend towards a
broader understanding of how we collectively make use of the
opportunities provided by floods and flooding, cope with risks posed by
them and plan for and respond to flood events. It is a good opportunity
for the IFNet members proactively to participate in this conference.
More details can be found on the below website.
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