Flood Hazards and Health: Responding to Present and Future Risks

Flood Hazards and Health: Responding to Present and Future Risks

by Roger Few
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844072169

ISBN-13: 9781844072163

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Flood hazards and the risks they present to human health are an increasing concern across the globe, in terms of lives, well-being and livelihoods, and the public resources needed to plan for, and deal with, the health impacts. This book is the first detailed assessment and discussion of the global health implications of flooding and future flood risk. It combines

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Overview

Flood hazards and the risks they present to human health are an increasing concern across the globe, in terms of lives, well-being and livelihoods, and the public resources needed to plan for, and deal with, the health impacts. This book is the first detailed assessment and discussion of the global health implications of flooding and future flood risk. It combines an analysis of the human health impacts of flooding with analysis of individual and societal response to those risks, and sets these findings in light of potential future increases in flood hazard as a result of climate change.

Written and edited by leading researchers and practitioners on flood hazards and human health, the volume brings together findings from epidemiological, environmental, social and institutional studies, with analysis rooted in an approach that emphasizes the developmental as well as environmental causes of flood risk, and the socially differentiated nature of vulnerability and coping capacity. The first part of the book sets out the scope of the issues, and provides a detailed discussion of the global health impacts of floods and the nature of human response to the health risks posed. The second part presents new research evidence on specific health aspects of floods covering mental health, infectious diseases, local level responses and the responses of health systems - drawing on case study material from Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, including the impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The conclusion synthesizes insights from the previous chapters and discusses priorities for policy, practice and research. It draws out implications for present and future adaptation to flooding, and emphasizes the need to integrate action on health with the broader agenda of long-term risk reduction.

This is indispensable reading for professionals and researchers working on hazard and disaster planning, risk reduction and public health in all countries and contexts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844072163
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures, Tables and Boxes     vi
About the Authors     viii
Acknowledgements     x
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations     xi
Introduction     1
Flood Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk Reduction   Roger Few     8
The Health Impacts of Floods   Mike Ahern   Sari Kovats     28
Responses to the Health Risks from Flooding   Roger Few   Franziska Matthies     54
The Mental Health Aspects of Floods: Evidence from England and Wales   Sue Tapsell   Sylvia Tunstall     89
The Mozambique Floods of 2000: Health Impact and Response   Sandy Cairncross   Manuel Alvarinho     111
Coping with Floods in the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam   Pham Gia Tran   Roger Few     128
Flooding in the US: Responses from Government and the Medical and Public Health Sectors   Christopher A. Ohl     145
Flood Hazards and Health: Implications for Action and Research   Roger Few   Franziska Matthies   Mike Ahern   Sari Kovats     168
References     184
Index     213

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