The impacts of flooding on health

The impacts of flooding on health

By Katharine McKeen, MD, MBA, FCFP/ Michael Slatnik, MD, MPH, CCFP

Flooding is a seasonal hazard that many communities in the BC Interior encounter. It has become, and will likely continue to be, more frequent and more severe. Flooding affects not only health but also infrastructure and communities. Between 80% and 90% of all documented disasters from natural hazards in the last 10 years have resulted from floods, droughts, heat waves, and severe storms.