European Environment Agency (EEA)

Climate change and river flooding in Europe


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Extreme floods are the most common type of natural disaster in Europe. Climate change, including the increasing intensity of heavy rainfall, is projected to make extreme river floods even more frequent in some areas, especially in central, northern and northeastern Europe.

In particular, the number of sudden, localised but severe floods - flash floods - is expected to rise, which is also likely to increase the risk of casualties.

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