Between 1999 and 2004, Europe suffered over a 100 major floods. They caused about 700 deaths, the displacement of half a million people and at least 25 billion ? in insured economic losses.Once again this year the Elbe flooded and the Danube literally smashed its record reaching levels never before seen in Budapest.Increasingly often, the danger of flooding originates in the mountains when torrential rains provoke flash floods which are extremely destructive. Mainly in the semi-aridzones of the Mediterranean basin.
Jean Pascal van Ypersele,Climate Chenge ExpertHelmut Bloech, Head of Sector Water Protection, European Commission EnvironmentKarl Schwaiger, Head of Unit International Water Policy-AustriaThomas Hackl, Guide at National Park Donau Auen GMBH
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