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Natural Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Overview of Risk

  • Céline Charvériat
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    This paper integrates information from both economics and the physical sciences to survey the effects of natural disasters in the region. A first section surveys the human and economic impact of natural disasters in the region at both the household and aggregate levels, noting both the geographical distribution of disaster risk and its long-term implications for development. A second section reviews types of disasters prevalent in the region, and future disaster risks, as well as the socio-economic sources of vulnerability to disasters resulting from development and migration patterns. A third section discusses risk management strategies at the household and community level, with public policy options and proposals for emergency response and finding an appropriate mix of local, national and market-based solutions.

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    Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4233.

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    Date of creation: Oct 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4233
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