Flood advantages, disadvantages, causes & risks
A flood is a large body of water in some areas where it becomes destructive and impedes the natural cycle of living organisms, It may be a result of long periods of heavy rain, or rivers or lakes, When the temperature is high, It can cause flooding as they cause the ice caps and the snow to melt quickly.
There are many benefits of flooding despite its immediate ill effects, For the farmers and the people in the agricultural sector, It helps them in long run by providing nutrients to the soil that were lacking, It makes the soil more fertile and increases agricultural production.
The nutrients are also added to the rivers and the lakes, They improve the health of fishes that can be consumed, There may be the relocation of fishes and the organisms living in the water bodies, The flooding may improve the ecosystem, New predators and prey are introduced to the areas, balancing the aquatic population.
The floodplains are relatively flat lands adjacent to a body of water such as a river or a stream that become flooded (inundated with the water) when the channel capacity is exceeded, and the floodplain surrounding the river is used as agricultural land.
The floodplains are dynamic natural systems, natural processes of periodic flooding, accompanied by erosion and deposition, They bring changes to the topography, the soils, the vegetation, and the physical features within these areas over time.
The floodplains provide a wide range of benefits to the ecosystem and community, flood storage and erosion control provide a broad area with streams and rivers to spread out and accommodate temporary storage of the floodwater, reducing the flood peaks and the erosion potential.
The flood offers groundwater recharge, It provides the habitat with a variety of fish and wildlife including rare and endangered species, It offers biological productivity, They provide fertile soils with a high rate of plant growth and diversity, richer agricultural harvests, and healthier forests.
Disadvantages of the Flood
Heavy floods can be so disastrous that the infrastructure is washed away, The people and the animals drown, and people can be stranded for long periods, The society and the economy of the country will suffer in many ways after the flood.
The loss of lives, vegetation, and infrastructure means there will be fewer people in the labor force, less agriculture available for the locals and the exportation, and fewer businesses to contribute to the economy of the country.
There will be mass dislocation of people, many people may be left homeless and jobless, So, The government will have to spend a little more, The country may seek assistance from foreign countries to supply the food and the materials to clean and replace the infrastructure.
Floodwater can be dangerous when they have more depth and speed, It is very dangerous to walk or drive through the floodwater when they are six inches of water that can cause unstable footing, and two feet of water can cause the car to be swept away.
Floodwater may carry silt, raw sewage, oil, or chemical waste, If you can wear gloves and boots to avoid coming into contact with the flood water if you touch the floodwater, you are advised to wash your hands thoroughly.
If the wells are flooded, The well will be contaminated, If you are on a public water system, You should listen to TV or radio to know if it has become contaminated, floodwaters can also damage the structures and the contents.
The rivers, especially the big ones can cause a lot of mayhem, When they flood, they destroy livelihoods, They cause economic damage and they kill people.
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