At least 10 people died in the Czech Republic following heavy rains in June. Floods and torrential rain in June killed 24 people in Romania, forced 7,000 to be evacuated and damaged farms and infrastructure. In Serbia, about 10 people died in flash floods in rural areas.
Thousands were forced to evacuate in over 900 villages and small towns in Slovakia in June due to floods that destroyed crops, and damaged buildings and cars. Casualties were also reported after floods in Hungary and Austria. Flash floods created lakes in Bulgaria’s capital in June and large parts of the country were flooded as well. Fighting floods was a cruel summer reality in many areas of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Moldova.
Long term forecasts indicate that torrential rains may become worse and more frequent with the potential effects of climate change. Facing future flood risks requires coordinated implementation of the EU Floods Directive. All Danube countries currently have national programmes for flood protection. The ICPDR adopted its Action Programme on Sustainable Flood Protection in the Danube River Basin in 2004, setting key targets for protection, prevention and mitigation, and action plans for 17 sub-basins were adopted in 2009.
- 2010 Floods in the Danube River Basin (1.74 MB)
17 flood action plans for all sub-basins in the Danube catchment area were prepared in 2009. They provide the first comprehensive overview of actions aiming to reduce flood risks that was ever prepared in Danube River Basin.
Floods are natural phenomena. They can, however, turn into disasters causing widespread damage, health problems and even deaths. This is especially the case where rivers have been cut off from their natural floodplains, are confined to man-made channels, and where houses and industrial sites have been constructed in areas that are naturally liable to flooding.