The UK is no stranger to floods. The figure shows the number of floods and the casualties they caused in Britain from 1990 to 2013. Data from EM-DAT.
Evidently, the number of casualties caused by floods in Britain is not large, at least relative to countries such as China, where floods killed 2 million people in 1959, or Bangladesh, when floods killed more than 28 thousand individuals in 1974.
Yet the number of flood casualties in Britain is large relative to the number of flood victims in the Netherlands. In the same period from 1990 to 2013, the Netherlands experienced three floods and only one casualty.
Comparing the UK and the Netherlands is relevant because they are equally rich, democratic, and similarly vulnerable to floods. For instance, both countries have coastlines in the North Sea and territories below sea level. More importantly, both countries were battered by the North Sea Floods of January 1953, which killed 307 people in England and 1800 in the Netherlands. Partly in response to this disaster, the Netherlands created the Delta Works, a massive set of dams and barriers that protect the country from the North Sea. In Britain the disaster led to a revision of the strategy to protect London from floods, which resulted in the deployment of the Thames Barrier.
The current floods are unfortunately affecting areas well beyond London and the Thames Valley.
Want to see the extent of the floods along the Thames? The BBC has this dramatic video.
Floods in England. Neither the first nor the last time it happens.
The Guardian thinks The Lego Movie is subversive and countercultural. Who knows. It just looks fun.
An excellent message on tolerance and diversity. Good timing!
The website of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion is here.