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Explain briefly what causes flood
Natural Causes of Floods: 1.High rainfall Heavy rainfall raises the water level. When the water level is higher than the river bank or the dams, the water comes out from the river,there will be flooding. [ 2.Snowmelt Because of global warming, the temperature of this year is higher than the temperature of many years ago.The ice caps melt in spring, and the water goes into the sea. The water raises the sea level, and makes the river level rise. When river level rises, flooding may occur. 3.Relief Flooding often occurs in lowlands. This is because rivers flow more slowly in low-lying
areas. If the water volume increases suddenly, floods occur. 4.Coastal flooding Flooding always occurs in coastal areas. High tides or storms cause the water level to rise. If the water level is higher than the level of the coastal lowland, flooding will occur. Human Causes of Floods 1.Deforestation Large areas of forests near the rivers have been cleared. The lands are used to make room for settlement, roads and farmland. Less vegetation protects the soil, the soil is quickly lost to rivers and the sea.This raises the river bed, so the river overflows its banks easily. 2.Poor farming Some farming practices can damage the vegetation cover, so the soil will be washed into the river easily. Overgrazing People want more food and money. They graze too many animals on the land and the pasture is eaten away quickly. Less vegetation cover results in soil washed into the rivers easily. Overcultivation When a piece of land has been used for farming for a long period of time, the soil may became so infertile that no vegetation can grow on it. The land is less fertile than before so the soil washed into the rivers more easily 3.Poor water management When the dams are poorly constructed or maintained ,they can easily collapse and this results in flooding. ]
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