Solar power is helping survivors of Cyclone Idai recover faster

High-tide flooding is only going to get worse, NOAA says

Coastal communities across the United States saw an uptick in flooding from high tides last year — and it’s not likely to get any better, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.

In a report Wednesday, the agency says that last year tied the 2015 record for a national median of five days of high-tide flooding. Twelve locations broke flooding records, including Washington, Annapolis and Baltimore.

The agency cited El Niño and rising sea levels as reasons why “it no longer takes a strong storm or hurricane to cause flooding in many coastal areas” and warned that people should expect even more in the future.

The effects of high-tide flooding include disrupted traffic along East Coast roadways, degraded septic system functionality in South Florida and salted farmlands in coastal Delaware and Maryland, the NOAA said…


Solar power is helping survivors of Cyclone Idai recover faster

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Residents of Mwalija village received a rude awakening when their homes were rattled and flooded by Cyclone Idai in March.

“It was a scary situation and we rushed to the site where there is a solar panel,” said Hannah Longeya, pointing at the fence surrounding the solar power system on higher ground.

“The water reached neck height,” she said, adding that some people were forced to hang onto tree branches.

The small solar plant, installed by international development charity Practical Action with European Union funding in 2016, sits on a raised area close to the Shire River, a major source of flooding in this part of southern Malawi.

But the UK-based aid agency said the solar panels survived the powerful cyclone due to forward planning, which it hopes will pay off as climate change brings more extreme weather…


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