Climate Change

How are cities adapting to the increasing risk of floods?

Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of disasters such as flooding. Image: Unsplash/Egor Gordeev

Sahil Gandhi

Assistant Professor, University of Manchester

Matthew Kahn

Provost Professor of Economics, University of Southern California

Rajat Kochhar

PhD student in Economics, University of Southern California

Somik V. Lall

Lead Economist, Office of the Chief Economist for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank

Vaidehi Tandel

Lecturer, Henley Business School, University of Reading

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Floods disrupt life in cities through temporary power failures, disruption of essential services, damage to property, and temporary closure of offices and factories. Image: VoxEu
Cities in low-income countries that had experienced repeated flooding in the past saw higher deaths per disaster. Image: VoxEu
On average, floods lead to a decline in mean night lights in cities by around 3%. Image: VoxEu

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