Water. The force of water never fails to fill people with awe. No water means no seas, no tides, no clouds, no rain, it means no life. Everyone needs water. It is the source and driving force of everything alive on earth.
But the power of water also has a dark side. Japan was hit by a tsunami, Pakistan flooded, in Sumatra hundreds of thousands died. Closer to home, when "Xynthia" hit France in 2010 and flooded large swathes of Western Europe, 65 people lost their lives.
Back in 1953 the infamous storm over the Dutch and Belgian coasts killed more than 1800 people. The disaster launched the start of the major Delta works in the Netherlands. This tragedy was never to happen again. Too many people had died.
But what about the Belgian coast? Studies have shown that it is insufficiently protected against super storms that can raise the sea level by as much as 8 meters, causing the flooding of the entire coastal area and the hinterland. The economic damage would amount to several billions. Thousands of people would die.
Our vulnerable coast area, its population and visitors, need to be protected against climatological changes. Sooner, rather than later...
After all, the question is not "if" it will happen. The question is: "when?"
http://www.superstormen.be is your central source of objective information about the issue of super storms in Belgium and how to protect ourselves.