The flash floods which occurred in India, Nepal and Spain, which were triggered by heavy rain last week, are the latest of a series of water-related disasters affecting from Germany through South Sudan to the United Kingdom.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), flood-related disasters have increased 134% since 2000 in comparison to the last two decades.

As a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights, rising global temperatures are dramatically influencing the water cycle, making floods and droughts more extensive and frequent.

In this context, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners have worked to mitigate the impact of flooding in countries all over the world.

Floods kill off biodiversity, life, livelihoods, infrastructure, and other assets.

The flood and drought portal, managed by UNEP-DHI (a UNEP Centre of Excellence for Improving the Management, Development and Use of Freshwater Resources from Local to Global Level), collects and translates data which is publicly available from a variety of sources and makes it accessible to water administrations in a way they can use to assist with local development decisions.

The UNEP has helped to re-wet peatbogs in Indonesia.

World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for promoting international cooperation on atmospheric science, climatology, hydrology and geophysics. (wikipedia)

United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme is responsible for coordinating responses to environmental issues within the United Nations system. It was established by Maurice Strong, its first director, (wikipedia)

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations responsible for advancing knowledge on human-induced climate change. (wikipedia)

United Nations

The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization aiming to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, (wikipedia)