Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Floods and Health

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Floods and Health

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A new WHO report looks at the adverse health effects of floods and recommends ways in which countries can protect the health of the people affected by them.

The report, entitled Floods in the WHO European Region: health effects and their prevention, released in May, is based on a survey of the 53 countries in the WHO Region between 2009 and 2011 and peer-reviewed literature, case studies and other sources.

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the WHO European Region. They have occurred in 50 of its 53 countries in the past decade, affected some 3.4 million people and killed over 1000. Only last month, large swathes of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic--including the capital Prague --were under water while authorities struggled to stem the flooding and limit the damage.

The report found that most flood-related deaths during the last decade occurred in central Europe and the former Soviet republics and it showed that more effort is needed to include health protection and the health sector in flood management plans and mechanisms.

Moreover, current flood emergency management plans that explicitly feature health protection mechanisms often consider only short-term health effects, failing to address important long-term health outcomes of floods. …

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