The image above is a map of cumulative flooding events around the world from 1985-2016 created by the Dartmouth Flood Observatory now located at the University of Colorado. The map shows 2016 but if you go to the website you can watch the whole movie beginning in 1985.
What is interesting to me is the extent to which flooding occurs. That is it occurs most anywhere except for some select locations. Areas that have experienced floods appear more common than areas that have not experienced floods.
So when we speak about moving populations out of harms way- out of the way of floods- where exactly do we wish to move them? It seems a rather impractical goal given the size of national and global populations, their reliance on clean water to drink, and access to ports, shores and waterways for commerce- not to mention the calming affects of water in the context of leisure.
The abundance of water on Earth is a blessing and a curse. The quest to overcome flooding seems part of the human condition it is a tale older than the Bible. It seems to be part of a grander struggle of humankind with nature and mortality.
From a practical standpoint the map above suggests are better off improving the ways we live with flooding and its impacts on societies rather than trying to eliminate flooding all together and shaming those who have been flooded as somehow morally corrupt for living in risky places (though such a shaming seems in line with biblical tales of floods). After all, Earth is a rather hazardous place.