Extreme rainfall and floods in western Europe

03 August 2021

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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published a rapid risk assessment focusing on the most common infectious diseases and health risks associated with flood-affected areas, taking into account evidence from previous similar events in Europe.

Extreme rainfall on 14 and 15 July 2021 and subsequent flooding in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands has taken a high number of human lives and caused substantial damage to community infrastructure and the environment. In addition to food- and waterborne diseases, zoonoses, vector-borne diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases and other health hazards associated with previous natural disasters in Europe, this risk assessment also considers the challenges of responding to such a complex crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: ECDC, 29 July 2021