Floods caused by rivers are a global problem. The latest flood catastrophes in Europe has made it obvious that, despite the high technological development of these countries, flood warnings are not disseminated in sufficient time to reduce the costs of floods significantly.

  • 2,200 water-related disasters worldwide between 1990 and 2001. River floods accounted for half of these disasters.
  • Flooding annually affects about 520 million people and their livelihoods, claiming about 25,000 lives worldwide.

The river Mosel gives is good example for the rising number of flood situations.