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Lessons learned from the 2016 Yangtze River flood in Anhui province, China

Author(s): Shifeng Huang; Hongtao Wan; Changzhi Li; Hongbin Zhang; Xiaotao Cheng

Linked Author(s): Changzhi Li, Hongtao Wan, Shifeng Huang, Xiaotao Cheng

Keywords: Flood prevention and control; Emergency response; Risk management; Comprehensive flood management

Abstract: During the flood season of 2016, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River suffered the worst flooding since 1999, involving Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi and Jiangsu provinces and the Taihu Basin. Based on the field survey at eight counties on both sides along the Yangtze River in Anhui Province, this paper analyses the features of rainstorm, flood and the resulting disaster in 2016 over there, and identifies problems and difficulties existing in flood prevention and disaster reduction under the new situation of social and economic development. Furthermore, this paper discusses the coping strategies and measures on advancing the comprehensive flood management mode of human-water harmony, managing middle and small rivers and strengthening the key basic research on flood control and disaster reduction under the new situation.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2018.1437741

Year: 2018

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