It is unfortunate to say that I never took flooding as a serious natural disaster until recently. Flooding is a devastating by-product of numerous other natural disasters. Coastal areas are more prone to flooding but why? Due to the consistent warming of our atmosphere, the polar ice caps are melting which results in a rise in sea level. Not to mention that a little more than 60% of global freshwater resides within our ice caps. According to epa.gov, the more flooding that occurs increases the amount of saltwater in our natural/ manmade freshwater preserves called aquifers. Flooding can also raise the amplitudes of our tsunamis and increase the rates of coastal erosion. In essence, flooding is a phenomenon that can potentially decrease the amount of freshwater available to us but it can cause catastrophic issues to our cities and coastal area that are below sea level.
The Dominican Republic, located in the Caribbean, is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to its geographic location and heavy dependence on agriculture, fisheries, and tourism. The country is also prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods, which are becoming more frequent and