How Floods have been used as Weapons of War!

How Floods have been used as Weapons of War!

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Man has used terrible and sometimes strange and weird weapons of mass destruction to win wars.  A study now says how “Strategic Flooding” has been used as a weapon in war.

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A new study shows that, from 1500 until 2000, about a third of floods in southwestern Netherlands were deliberately caused by humans during wartimes. Some of these inundations resulted in significant changes to the landscape, being as damaging as floods caused by heavy rainfall or storm surges. The work, by Dutch researcher Adriaan de Kraker, is published today (9 June) in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). (Source: Floods as Weapons of War | Science and Technology)

This photograph shows remnants of the former breach made here in February 1584, now a tidal channel. The marshland visible in the picture is former arable land. (Credit: A. de Kraker)

This photograph shows remnants of the former breach made here in February 1584, now a tidal channel. The marshland visible in the picture is former arable land. (Credit: A. de Kraker)

The damning use of flooding had been in Netherlands by both the Allies and the Hitler’s forces.

“Strategic flooding during the Second World War undertaken by the Germans remained purely defensive, while the Allied flooding of the former island of Walcheren in the southwest of the country sped up the Allied offensive,” says de Kraker.

In recent times, China has also been building dams on Brahmaputra – the largest river in South Asia, as a potential future weapon against India.

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