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The flood of June 2013 in Germany: how much do we know about its impacts?

Thieken, Annegret H.; Bessel, Tina 1,2; Kienzler, Sarah; Kreibich, Heidi 2; Müller, Meike; Pisi, Sebastian; Schröter, Kai 2
1 Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


In June 2013, widespread flooding and consequent damage and losses occurred in Central Europe, especially in Germany. This paper explores what data are available to investigate the adverse impacts of the event, what kind of information can be retrieved from these data and how well data and information fulfil requirements that were recently proposed for disaster reporting on the European and international levels. In accordance with the European Floods Directive (2007/60/EC), impacts on human health, economic activities (and assets), cultural heritage and the environment are described on the national and sub-national scale. Information from governmental reports is complemented by communications on traffic disruptions and surveys of flood-affected residents and companies.
Overall, the impacts of the flood event in 2013 were manifold. The study reveals that flood-affected residents suffered from a large range of impacts, among which mental health and supply problems were perceived more seriously than financial losses. The most frequent damage type among affected companies was business interruption. This demonstrates that the current scientific focus on direct (financial) damage is insufficient to describe the overall impacts and severity of flood events.
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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000066525
DOI: 10.5194/nhess-16-1519-2016
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM)
Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Universität Karlsruhe (TH) – Interfakultative Einrichtungen (Interfakultative Einrichtungen)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1684-9981, 1561-8633
KITopen-ID: 1000066525
Erschienen in Natural hazards and earth system sciences
Verlag European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Band 16
Heft 6
Seiten 1519–1540
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
Web of Science
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