Symposium on Flooding and Health Risk Reduction

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•10•26    08:15 - 12:30
    Kuala Lumpur

    Flooding is the most common natural disaster globally. It affects the most people worldwide in both developed and developing countries and can lead to devastating impacts from the economic,

    social and health perspectives, with financial costs of USD 100 billion annually. In the past 30 years, flooding has caused 200,000 deaths and affected more than 2.8 billion other people


    In the 2014 Malaysian floods, there were 25 deaths, more than 230,000 victims, 1600 damaged homes and RM 2.85 billion in public property damage.

    To deliberate further on the effects of this calamity, UNU-IIGH is organising a symposium on Flooding and Health Risk Reduction by international experts from Europe and Asia; the keynote speaker is

    Professor Virginia Murray (UK) and guest speakers line-up are namely Professor Jamal Hisham Hashim (Malaysia), Professor Linsheng Yang (China) and Associate Professor Apichart Anukularmphai (Thailand).

    About the keynote speaker :

    Professor Virginia Murray is Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction with Public Health England. This appointment is to take forward her work as vice-chair of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Scientific and Technical Advisory Group and as the Chair of the Science & Technology Organising Committee for the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, in January 27-29 2016. Prior to this, she was Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection, Public Health England. With the Extreme Events team, she helped to develop evidence based information and advice on flooding, heat, cold, volcanic ash, and other extreme weather and natural hazards events. Appointed as Visiting Professor in Health Protection, MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College and King’s College, London (2004) and Honorary Professor at University College London (2013), she has published widely.

    Programme: Monday, October 26, 2015 8:15am – 12:30pm (followed by lunch)

    Venue: Lecture Hall 1, Administrative Block, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (UKMMC), Kuala Lumpur

    Registration: Advance registration is required. To attend, please write to

    For more information, please refer to the event flyer: Flood and health risk symposium 26 Oct 2015

  • Experiences of risk assessment of floods and health in China

    Prof Yang LinSheng Chinese Academy of Sciences (8.8 MB PDF)

    Malaysian 2014 Floods : Health Impacts and Experiences

    Prof Jamal Hisham Hashim Research Fellow UNU-IIGH (2.7 MB PDF)

    The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and Health Impacts of Flooding

    Professor Virginia Murray Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England Vice-chair UNISDR Science and Technical Advisory Group (6.1 MB PDF)

    RAPID FLOOD MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT Lesson to be learned : Worst flood in Modern Thai History

    Dr. Apichart Anukularmphai President of Thailand Water Resources Association Director, Asian Water Academy (19.2 MB PDF)

  • Lecture Hall 1, Administrative Block,
    Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, UKM Medical Centre