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EM-DAT: Disasters of the week

Week 18-2022: May 02 - May 08
Natural disasters:

2022-0259    Dust storm, Najaf and Anbar, Iraq
2022-0261    Severe weather; Kansas, USA
2022-0264    Floods; Afghanistan
2022-0265    Floods; Santa Catarina state, Brazil
2022-0268    Floods; Spain
2022-0271    Severe weather; Thailand
2022-0272    Flood; Ecuador
2022-0275    Wildfires; Siberia, Russian Fed.
2022-0277    Rockslide; Bijie City (Guizhou Province), China
2022-0282    Measles outbreak; Liberia
2022-0284    Severe convective storm; USA
2022-0285    Glacial Lake Outburst Flood ; Hunza district, Pakistan

Technological disasters:

2022-0270    Road accident; Rivne, Ukraine
2022-0273    Explosion Hotel Saratoga; Havana, Cuba
2022-0274    Shipwreck; near Takoradi, Ghana

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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