Extraordinary Floods in Arid South Africa

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by D. B. du Plessis, Dep of Water Affairs, Pretoria, South Africa,
D. van Bladeren, Dep of Water Affairs, Pretoria, South Africa,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: South Africa, a country where 65% of the area receives less than 500 mm of rain annually, has experienced many major floods during the last century. The importance, aim and scope of the documentation of these floods are indicated. Lessons learned from the documentation of seven floods over the past twelve years are mentioned.

Subject Headings: Floods | Developing countries | Arid lands | Rainfall | Hydrology | Africa | South Africa

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