Case Studies on Flash Flood Risk Management in the Himalayas
A growing body of evidence indicates that the frequency and intensity of flash floods are increasing in the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. On 5 May 2012, a flash flood in Kaski, Nepal, killed at least 31 people, with many more unaccounted for. In Uttarakhand, India, 10 people lost their lives and 53 people went missing after a flash flood on 4 August 2012, and little more than a month later 33 people died and 35 people went missing from another flash flood on 15 September 2012. In Pakistan, 78 people were killed in a flash flood on 10 September 2012. These events call for the urgent attention of policy makers. This publication provides detailed evidence to help practitioners present the case for specific policies and action to manage flash flood risks.