Learn more about the Types of Floods

Floods can be classified as sudden floods and, the most known, is overflowing of rivers. The sudden floods generally cause more deaths and, river overflowing cause loss of properties.

A sudden flood is produced when runoff coming from a high precipitation provokes a increase of flow in streams which are normally dry. These kind of floods most common in zones with dry weather and rocky terrain. In this case, there is no soil or vegetation on the surface to decrease the effect of excessive rainfall.

River overflowing is more common in big rivers located in zones with humid climate. In this case, the excess of runoff caused by storms last longer.

Floods can also be caused by the accumulation of ice in a river or because of high tides. However, most floods can be related to a storm.

Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.

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