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Natural Disasters in Latin America and The Caribbean 2000 - 2019

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the second most disaster-prone region in the world 152 million affected by 1,205 disasters (2000-2019)*

Floods are the most common disaster in the region.

Brazil ranks among the top 15 countries in the world with the greatest population exposed to river flood risk.

On 12 occasions since 2000, floods in the region have caused more than US$1 billion dollars in total damages.
An average of 17 hurricanes per year and 14 Category 5 hurricanes (2000-2019).
The 2017 hurricane season is the third worst on record in terms of number of disasters and countries affected as well as the magnitude of damage.
In 2019, Hurricane Dorian became the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record to directly impact a landmass.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
01 Dec 2019
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