In 1953 there
was a disaster in Zeeland and great parts of Zuid-Holland and Noord-Brabant. Because this
part of the Netherlands had no big concentration of inhabitants the total loss was not
high. When the same parts of the Netherlands are flooded in the present time or in the
future there will be more casualties, more victims, more damaged and destroyed buildings,
more costs, etc.
Imagine what will be the effect of the same
disaster on another place and not in the past but in the present. Imagine what will happen
when New York is flooded and the streets are 2 meters under water. More than 7 million
people will die. These scenarios show you why the Delta Plan is developed. Things to think
about: what will happen when the New York Metro is flooded? what will happen when a
building as the World Trade Center collapses under the force of a tidal wave?
To illustrate the magnitude of the 1953-disaster we made a selection
of some big famous cities all over the world. We realize that for most of these cities it
is geographical impossible to be flooded but it is the idea that counts. Just imagine...