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EM-DAT: Disasters of the week

Week 18-2023: May 01 - May 07
Natural disasters:

2023-0267    Floods; Northern, western and southern provinces, Rwanda
2023-0268    Earthquake; Yunnan Province, China
2023-0269    Floods; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
2023-0270    Floods; Bologna Province and Ravenna Provinces, Italy
2023-0271    Floods; Java Island, Indonesia
2023-0272    Floods: Quebec, Canada
2023-0273    Dust storm; Illinois, USA
2023-0279    Earthquake; Ishikawa, Japan
2023-0280    Forest fire; Alberta, Canada
2023-0281    Floods and landslides; South-Kivu, Congo (Dem Rep)
2023-0284    Floods; West Sumatra and Aceh Provinces, Indonesia
2023-0285    Floods; Jiangxi Province, China
2023-0286    Severe weather; Philippines
2023-0287    Volcanic eruption, Mount Fuego; Guatemala
2023-0291    Flash floods; Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

Technological disasters:

2023-0274    Explosion in a chemical factory; Liaocheng, China
2023-0275    Road accident; Assiout region, Egypt
2023-0282    Fire in a gold mine; Arequipa, Peru
2023-0283    Shipwreck; Malappuram (Kerala), India

Welcome to the EM-DAT website

In 1988, the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) launched the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT). EM-DAT was created with the initial support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Belgian Government.

The main objective of the database is to serve the purposes of humanitarian action at national and international levels. The initiative aims to rationalise decision making for disaster preparedness, as well as provide an objective base for vulnerability assessment and priority setting.

EM-DAT contains essential core data on the occurrence and effects of over 22,000 mass disasters in the world from 1900 to the present day. The database is compiled from various sources, including UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, insurance companies, research institutes and press agencies.

Data access policy new public EM-DAT tool

The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) within the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) provides free access to the full Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) for non-commercial purposes. Users on behalf of academic organizations, universities, non-profit organisations and/or international public organization (UN agencies, multi-lateral banks, other multi-lateral institution and national governments), are granted free access to EM-DAT, after acceptance of the present conditions of use.

Users representing an entity with a Commercial use, e.g. corporations, private companies, commercial partnerships, or other business organizations, must contact EM-DAT database manager (regina.below@uclouvain.be) regarding access. Access shall be granted to EM-DAT upon proof of payment of the corresponding annual fee, as agreed upon in the Database License Agreement.

Visit https://public.emdat.be/ to register and access our new public EM-DAT query tool.

Contact regina.below@uclouvain.be or contact@cred.be for more information.

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