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Natural Disaster Profiles for Indian Ocean Countries

Profiles for the 13 countries listed below provide information on sub-national areas at risk from natural hazards including cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, and landslides. In addition to basic geographic and socio-economic facts, most profiles include maps that indicate how specific areas of each country rank according to a global index of risk for each type of disaster. Some maps are weighted by mortality, and others by the proportion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) impacted. Multi-hazard disaster maps show the combined risk from key hazard groups.

The Natural Disaster Profiles were compiled by Alexandra Skorik and Matthew Isanuk, Columbia University. Data sources include the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and the Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Risk Analysis report edited by M. Dilley, R. Chen, U. Deichmann, A. Lerner-Lam, and M. Arnold and published by The World Bank and Columbia University, 2005.

Natural Disaster Profiles are being made available for the following countries:

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