Flooding In Afghanistan A Crisis E Hagen and JF Teufert

1 NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), The Hague, The Netherlands

2 Department of Geography, National University Singapore (NUS), Singapore

Abstract. Afghanistan is a nation prone to natural disasters such as floods and droughts. Yet the severe floods of 2005 and 2006, which displaced thousands, highlighted how little was known about floods in the mountainous nation. At present no flood hazard maps exist pinpointing the location and extent of the inundated areas, nor are there data on occurrence and impact of floods. This paper explores the flooding crisis and its impact on Afghanistan; furthermore it analyses the causes of floods and some aspects of flood mitigation.

Keywords: Afghanistan, NATO, crisis, GIS, flooding, inundation, DEM, hydrology, floodplain, remote sensing

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