Last decade saw 152 million people affected by natural disasters in Latin America and Caribbean

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World

While floods are the most common disaster in the region, causing more than $1 billion in total damages since 2000, drought is the disaster that affects the highest number of people.

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)

548 FLOODS: – 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.

330 STORMS: – An average of 17 hurricanes per year and 23 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.

75 EARTHQUAKES: – 25 per cent of earthquakes magnitude 8.0 or higher have occurred in South America Since 2000, there have been 20 magnitude-7.0 or greater earthquakes in the region
– The 2010 Haiti earthquake ranks among the top 10 deadliest earthquakes in human history.

74 DROUGHTS: – Drought is the disaster which affects the highest number of people in the region.
Crop yield reductions of 50-75 per cent in central and eastern Guatemala, southern Honduras, eastern El Salvador and parts of Nicaragua.
– In these countries (known as the Dry Corridor), 8 out of 10 households in the communities most affected by drought resort to crisis coping mechanisms.

66 LANDSLIDES

24 WILDFIRES

50 EXTREME TEMPERATURE

38 VOLCANIC EVENTS