WIT Press

Floods, Geodynamic Environment And Human Intervention. The Case Of Corinth (Greece)

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/RISK980131

Volume

31

Pages

10

Published

1998

Size

1,514 kb

Author(s)

E. Lekkas, S. Lozios, E. Skourtsos & H. Kranis

Abstract

The town of Corinth (N. Peloponnessos, Greece) and the broader area suffered extensive damage and human life loss, when Xerias torrent burst its banks during extreme rainfall on 12 Jan. 1997. The results of this type of shower, which has a return period of 100 years, were aggravated by a number of factors, namely (i) topography, with frequent alternations between areas of high and low relief, (ii) catchment area and (iii) widespread occurrence of impermeable deposits. However, the most crucial factor was human intervention, in the form of waste and debris disposal along the course of the river, wrongly designed constructions (bridges, artificial canals) and finally the position of th

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