[Blog Update] Rains without flooding? Dreams do come true.
In April 2010, Rio was hit with the worst rains in its history , causing widespread flooding killing more than 100, mostly in slums. While Rio residents have experienced frequent floods, the scale and rapid onset of these floods caught the city unprepared and without the needed infrastructure to protect its citizens . In the lead-up to the Olympics and World Cup in Rio, more organizations are starting to think about how to protect a vulnerable city from its increasing flood risk due to a changing climate. Projects include IBM’s Smarter Cities program , which would integrate better weather forecasting and community alert systems, while CARE and Save the Children are developing a program to get young people in towns near Rio to develop their own Disaster Risk Reduction programs