With climate change raising sea levels and making storms more fierce, architects and builders will have to adjust in where and how they design and construct homes and businesses.
Floods that washed through Phoenix left people stranded on the roofs of homes and closed highways. If what had been unusual floods recur in that and other cities, builders and retrofitters will have to come up with new designs to make communities safer and more habitable.
The same it true in Japan, where a series of landslides from heavy rains and flash flooding claimed the lives of of at least 39 people in Hiroshima. Floods in Cambodia have taken the lives of 45 people since last month.
The Associated Press reports that about 11,500 families have been forced from their homes in Cambodia by the flash floods along the Mekong River since July 30.
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Heavy rains have hit parts of Sweden closing roads and leaving some people stranded in cars. Flooding and landslides in western Nepal have killed at least 54 and left more than 140 others missing.