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(u'health_ind', u'obs_scen_urb', u'sect_water', u'drrindicator', u'obs_scen_wat', u'coastal_ind', u'ast2_0', u'waterINDICATOR', u'ast2_2')
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Indicator

Floods and health

Description

  • River and coastal flooding have affected many millions of people in Europe since 2000. Flooding affects human health through drowning, heart attacks, injuries, infections, exposure to chemical hazards and mental health consequences. Disruption of services, including health services, safe water, sanitation and transportation ways, plays a major role in vulnerability.
  • Observed increases in heavy precipitation and extreme coastal water levels have increased the risk of river and coastal flooding in many European regions.
  • In the absence of additional adaptation, the projected increases in extreme precipitation events and in sea level would substantially increase the health risks associated with river and coastal flooding in Europe.

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EEA

Keywords

change, clim046, climate, floods, health

Climate impacts

Flooding

Elements

Observations and Scenarios, Vulnerability Assessment

Sectors

Coastal areas, Disaster Risk Reduction, Health, Water management

Geographic characterization

Europe

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