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Living in a flood zone: rebuild or relocate?

Three months after deadly flash floods tore through Germany's Ahr Valley, residents in the village of Dernau are looking to the future. For many, that means rebuilding homes destroyed in the deluge. But how do you build back in a sustainable way? What needs to change to make buildings more flood-resilient? And when does it make sense to move away altogether?

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Interviewees featured in this episode:

Alfred Sebastian, mayor of Dernau in the Ahr Valley

Professor Christian Kuhlicke, leader of the working group on environmental risks and extreme events at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, Leipzig

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