Recently India, Nepal and Bangladesh were again hit by massive floods that resulted in hundreds of casualties and extensive damage. While some might see these events as evidence for the rapidly changing climate an additional factor which might contribute to increasing impacts of floods is unplanned rapid urbanisation.
On 22 November 2017, William Veerbeek will defend his Phd thesis which focuses on the effects of urban growth on future flood risk. Based on past growth patterns, he developed a set of growth scenarios for rapidly growing megacities. The outcomes show that the unplanned growth of Dhaka (Bangladesh), Lahore (Pakistan) and Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam) could cause a disproportional future susceptibility to floods. Especially in these cities, flood averse urban planning is key to providing a safe future to the millions of these citizens.
Article in the Guardian about the recent floods.