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Floods and health (no further updates)


  • 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.

Deaths related to flooding in Europe

Reference information

European Environment Agency

Published in Climate-ADAPT Jan 20 2021   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 07 2021

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