Flooding in South Africa

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Assignment

GEO 234

D Sonnekus

2011042526

Flooding In South-Africa

A Deeper Insight to What Happens Around Us

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Photo: Ivan Sonnekus 2012

Index

Page Number

1. Introduction 3

2. The Nature Of Flooding 3

3. The Main Causes Of Flooding In South-Africa 4

4. The Effect Of Development On Flood Hazards in SA 5

5. The Effect Of The Economic Status Of People - Regarding Flood Hazards 6

6. Conclusion 7

7. Bibliography 8

1. Introduction

Floods play a major role in our everyday lives, and how we react to the daily changing climate is of course our way of surviving our planetary conditions. Floods determine our building styles and play a
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The heavy rains on a constant basis keeps the rivers and dams full up to their limits so in the event of a heavy cloud break the already full rivers and dams cannot enclose all the extra water and all that water needs to go somewhere thus leading to floods, in most cases in South-Africa the floods will be flash floods. But there is also the chance of major floods in the form of a dam overflowing and then breaking the wall or even minor floods like in the December of 2012 the Ncandu River flowing through Newcastle KZN overreaches its banks and fills the Trim park with water at least 1-2 feet deep as the trim park is adjacent to the rivers.

4. The Effect of Development on Flood Hazards in SA

Right around the world the population keeps growing at an alarming rate as the birth to mortality rate is not balanced which leads to a world population always wanting and needing to expand city and/or town borders. In this case the chances are very good that eventually there will be building developments inside flood plains or lower laying terrain in the proximity of a dam or large volume of water. Thus the engineers of the modern world in developing countries like for instance South-Africa need to come up with new initiatives to improve building techniques to overcome the obstacle of flooding as the floods can be the…

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