How do forests help in flood prevention?

Forest reduces flood risk from the top to bottom. It is a natural absorber of rainwater, as it allows rainwater to seep through them. 

Lots of raindrops that fall on leaves, evaporate straight into the air- so less water reaches the ground which, also prevents the rain from directly hitting the ground which may result in soil erosion and thus if the soil gets eroded, it loses its capability to hold the water or to absorb the water, which results in floods.

Hence, trees in the forest slow down the movement of running water and thus help in preventing floods.

Updated on: 29-Mar-2023


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