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The Philippines are one of the most vulnerable countries in

the world. The archipelago, with an estimated 105 million

inhabitants, is hit every year by about twenty typhoons.

The storms seem to be getting ever stronger because

of global climate change. The intense rainfall during the

passage of these tropical storms is almost more than the

rivers can manage. The urban agglomeration of Metro

Manila alone has a population of more than ten million,

it is located on fault lines and its low-lying location in the

river delta exposes it to flooding from two sides. Strong

population growth and economic development mean that

water management faces particularly daunting challenges:

clean drinking water, irrigation water for agriculture during

periods of drought, and also adequate arrangements for

removing excess water. The World Bank asked Deltares to

make an assessment of the water management plans for

all larger catchments. Do they take climate developments

into account adequately? Are the costs of interventions

reasonable in relation to the returns? Deltares can draw on

many years of experience in the Philippines and the various

models that have already been produced in the past. Of

course, the hope is that the impact of super-typhoons such

as Haiyan in 2013, when there were more than 7000 fatal

casualties, will become a thing of the past.

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