The impact of climate change on urban areas is reflected in the increased number and intensity of extreme weather events such as heavy rainstorms, typhoons, and hurricanes. The increasing intensity of weather related disasters is becoming more noticeable with unquestionable alarm. The National Meteorological Centre of China recently made the observation that droughts, floods, and storms had become more frequent and ruthless since the 1990s with the trend likely to continue. Generally, the increasing frequency of extreme weather is attributed to climate change and global warming. The Annual Red Cross Report 2008 mentioned that over the last decade worldwide, the number of weather related disasters have risen from 200 annually to 350 and was continuing. Its Secretary General, Bekele Geleta warned that extreme weather events would become more frequent and more severe.In late 2006, Typhoon Utor which caused massive floods in Malaysia also hit Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. Utor’s severe rainstorms brought higher than average rainfall with the recorded amount in Singapore on December 20 2006, the third highest recorded rainfall in 75 years. Heavy downpours from the rainstorms in Philippines caused rivers and dams to overflow and weather officials described the 2006-2007 flooding as the most terrible in… Read full this story
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