have been built on, wet lands drained and upland areas cleared of the natural vegetation that reduces and delays run-off.
Some of the harrowing incidents recorded in The Uncounted Dead: farming's unofficial victims include: the 700,000 chickens who drowned on adjoining farms located on a flood plain
(the company is rebuilding its sheds on the same site); and the 2,000 pigs who perished in a fire at a Lincolnshire farm, only for 670 more pigs to die at the same farm in another fire just six months later.
the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) worried "little effort" was taken to find alternative building locations to flood plains
A survey of 25 major British and north-west French sites dating from 500,000 to 200,000 years ago has revealed that early humans - members of the now long-extinct species Homo heidelbergensis - predominantly chose to live on islands that were located in major rivers' flood plains
He said: "We never claim on our insurance, but we need it because we're on a flood plain
and you don't know what's going to happen.
The thousands of people who got buried under landslides, got swept away by raging rivers, displaced by engorged flood plains
, stranded by landslides and stripped of homes, belongings and family would not have been mere statistics as they are now.
The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the National Flood Insurance Program" predicts that because of climate change, for inland areas, the average increase in both the river depth and the area in the flood plain
are expected to increase by 45 percent by 2100.
The Wentloog Levels site, which is supposed to be in the highly protected Gwent Levels GSSS1 and entirely within the flood plain
is also in isolated open countryside which should not be included for strategic development.
But the climate change experts now say that because of homes and business development sites being built on flood plains
- areas where traditionally huge amounts of excess water would have flowed - the risks of massive damage and disruption is now far greater.
Big increases in building on flood plains
to meet increasing demand for homes by the expanding population is one reason for the warning.
Moving away from Chairman Mao Zedong's "Third Front" strategy, which favored inland development to increase national security, China's new top leader Deng Xiaoping's open policy and coastal development strategy gave priority to the fertile and flat coastal flood plains
, with the aim of attracting foreign investments to these areas.
If they allow building on a flood plain
which local residents have opposed and then that property is flooded will the planners and the councillors who created the mess be financially liable?
SO Brynle Williams, Assembly Member for North Wales, rightly complained about unaffordable insurance premiums for houses on flood plains
(article DP 23.
Around 46,000 homes across Northern Ireland lie dangerously close to flood plains
- with nearly 14,000 in Greater Belfast alone.
Last month, Green party leader and Environment minister John Gormley vowed to create rules to prevent building on flood plains
, after flash floods devastated parts of Cork, Limerick and Kerry.