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Extreme Weather Events and Public Health Responses
Floods are the most common natural disaster in Europe. Th e adverse human health consequences of fl ooding are complex and far-reaching: these include drowning, injuries, and an increased incidence of common mental disorders. Anxiety and depression may last for months and possibly even years aft er the fl ood event and so the true health burden is rarely appreciated. Eff ects of fl oods on communicable diseases appear relatively infrequent in Europe. Th e vulnerability of a person or group isdoi:10.1007/3-540-28862-7_18 fatcat:mpg23b3mnvesxgxkf35tsfpdby