What Durban’s floods tell us about climate resilience and coastal cities

An investigation of how climate change affects coastal cities and how floods in Durban, South Africa, are an example of how such cities can prepare for the future.

By Laura Grant
Monday, April 24, 2023

An informal settlement in Durban’s Reservoir Hills damaged by floods in April 2022. Photo Delwyn Verasamy

No coastal city – no matter how developed – will escape the extreme events coming with global heating. Insights from the storms that brought severe inland river flooding in Durban in April 2022 show how cities can brace for future impacts. Understanding what makes cities vulnerable and what can be done to help them recover better from major climate events is, at its core, what coastal resilience is all about. Click here or on the image below for more.