ABSTRACT. - Flood vulnerability of Tecuci city: the role of natural and socio – economic factors. The present paper deals with natural and socio-economic factors of flood vulnerability of Tecuci city. The main natural factor is the hydrological one, due to the presence in the city area of two watercourses, namely the Bârlad and its tributary, the Tecucel. The characteristics of their hydrological regimes (and especially the maximum flow) and their flooding potential are taken into account, the flood of 5 – 7 September 2007 being particularly analyzed. Among the natural factors that enhance flood vulnerability of the city an important part is played by geomorphologic conditions. The social and economic causes of flood vulnerability are emphasized through the analysis of some specific aspects regarding the population, economic activities, communications network infrastructure, public utilities and land use. Also, the paper analyzes the structural and non-structural measures for flood control in Tecuci city.
Key words: vulnerability, inundation, flood, natural and the socio-economic factors, Tecuci.
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