Public Health and Environmental Health: response to floods in Croatia in 2014 – a case study


The Slavonija region of eastern Croatia, in the most affected county of Vukovar-Srijem

Reason for initiation

In 2014 continuous heavy rainfall raised the river water level: extensive flooding seriously affected Croatian territory.

Strategies in place or planned

The Croatian government declared a disaster as a result of the flooding and adopted a decision declaring a threat of infectious disease outbreaks in the affected locations. The Croatian Institute of Public Health developed and proposed a general plan for public health measures in the flooded areas.
Outcomes and next steps

A broad range of potential health issues were covered in the response, including monitoring and surveillance of safe drinking-water supply, sanitary supervision, waste disposal and preparation and distribution of food. Thanks to the early and continuous implementation of such measures, no West Nile disease or other communicable diseases or outbreaks occurred.

Organization(s) involved 

Croatian Institute of Public Health