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<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> A mega-flood in 1998 caused tremendous losses in China and triggered major policy adjustments in flood-risk management. This paper aims to retrospectively examine these policy adjustments and discuss how China should adapt to newly emerging flood challenges. We show that China suffers annually from floods despite large-scale investments and policy adjustments. Rapid urbanization and climate change will exacerbate future flood risk in China, with cascading impactsdoi:10.5194/nhess-19-715-2019 fatcat:icgc3paq7vbrtoyoa6z3chobay