Most common natural disasters Europe 2001-2020, by type
Floods are the most common type of natural disaster recorded in Europe. Between 2001 and 2020, flooding accounted for 41 percent of all weather-related disasters reported. By comparison, extreme temperature made up 23 percent of all natural disaster occurrences in that time period. As of 2021, the 1953 storm surge in the Netherlands and Belgium was the deadliest flood in Europe, with over 2,000 fatalities, while the 2021 river/flash flood in Germany and Belgium had 209 fatalities.