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Impacts

Adverse health impacts

Beyond the loss of life, hazards also negatively impact people’s health, both in the immediate aftermath and in the long term.

Disasters can cause adverse health effects through inflicting bodily harm, malnutrition, spreading sickness and disease, and leading to mental health issues from stress or traumatic experiences. Additionally, some extreme events can damage health infrastructure, which reduces the ability of officials to respond to the health needs of the affected people. Though these effects usually manifest in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, some health issues may not surface until much later, especially chronic illness or mental health impacts.

Beyond the loss of life, hazards also negatively impact people’s health, both in the immediate aftermath and in the long term.

Disasters can cause adverse health effects through inflicting bodily harm, malnutrition, spreading sickness and disease, and leading to mental health issues from stress or traumatic experiences. Additionally, some extreme events can damage health infrastructure, which reduces the ability of officials to respond to the health needs of the affected people. Though these effects usually manifest in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, some health issues may not surface until much later, especially chronic illness or mental health impacts.

Beyond the loss of life, hazards also negatively impact people’s health, both in the immediate aftermath and in the long term.

Disasters can cause adverse health effects through inflicting bodily harm, malnutrition, spreading sickness and disease, and leading to mental health issues from stress or traumatic experiences. Additionally, some extreme events can damage health infrastructure, which reduces the ability of officials to respond to the health needs of the affected people. Though these effects usually manifest in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, some health issues may not surface until much later, especially chronic illness or mental health impacts.