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Warming places S-E Asia, India at higher risk of flood

Published on Jun 10, 2013 6:26 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Rising carbon emissions will place parts of India, China, South-east Asia, East Africa and the northern Andes at a higher risk of extreme floods, a study published on Sunday says.

Global warming will boost the frequency at which exceptional floods occur in these regions, while eastern Europe, parts of Scandinavia, Chile and Argentina will have fewer such events, it suggests.

The estimates are based on 11 models for greenhouse-gas emissions and their impact on 29 river basins by 2100.

At the extreme end of the estimate range - if temperatures rise by four or five degrees Celsius - a flood event that statistically occurred only once every one hundred years in the 20th century could return every 10 to 50 years in the most vulnerable locations.

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