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Number of People Affected by Floods Will Double


Number of People Affected by Floods Will Double 

Puerto Rico, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries have all faced devastating flooding in recent weeks. Unfortunately, floods will only worsen as climate change intensifies: WRI data finds that the number of people affected by floods will double worldwide by 2030, due to rising temperatures and socioeconomic factors. Increasing finance for flood protection measures like dikes, levees and mangrove restoration can save lives and produce significant returns on investment. Learn more.

  

Expected annual damage from riverine floods over the next 60 years -- Graphic by WRI

Floods threaten both human lives and economies. The amount of urban property damaged by riverine floods will increase threefold from 2010-2030 — from $157 billion to $535 billion annually — while urban property damaged by coastal storm surges will increase tenfold to $117 billion a year. Graphic by WRI. 

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