Last Edited : May 08, 2023


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Contact information

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Institute of Health & Society (IRSS)
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Accuracy and liability

EM-DAT strives to provide reliable information about natural disasters on our website. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or availability of the information at all times. Therefore, EM-DAT assumes no liability for errors and omissions on our website or the material prepared or published by third parties, even if our website contains links to other websites.

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Disclaimers on maps

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Respect for Privacy

UCLouvain and CRED are committed to respecting current Belgian legislation on the protection of privacy. The processing of personal data in connection with this site is subject to the 8 December 1992 law on the protection of privacy with regard to the processing of personal data, amended by the 11 December 1998 law transposing the 24 October 1995 Directive 95/46/CE of the European Parliament and Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, as well as to the relevant Royal Decrees. Moreover, UCLouvain applies the provisions of Collective Labour Agreement No. 81 on the protection of worker privacy with regard to network electronic communication data verification. The legal texts are available on the website of the Belgian Commission for the Protection of Privacy (

The term ‘personal data’ refers to all information concerning an identified or identifiable person. A person is identifiable when he or she can be identified directly or indirectly, including by reference to an identification number or to one or several specific physical, physiological, psychological, economic, cultural or social characteristics – for example, to the person’s surname and name, address, telephone number, email address, preferences, race, gender, etc. A person’s professional address and telephone number are also personal data. Finally, a TCP/IP address can in certain cases be considered personal data.

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For some services, e.g., the responding to users’ requests or the subscription to the mailing list, UCLouvain-CRED may in addition collect personal data, such as for example the user’s name, surname, address and email address. By using these services, the user agrees to their terms of use.

Rights of access and rectification

The party responsible for processing your personal data related to the EMDAT website is the Université catholique de Louvain. In accordance with current legislation, you have the right to access your personal information and data as well as the right to rectify any discrepancies. On request, you thus can be informed of the existence of personal data concerning you and correct any inaccuracies. If you wish to exercise these rights, or if you feel our website does not respect privacy protection regulations or the provisions outlined on this page, contact UCLouvain via the CRED (see above). After verifying your identity, we will respond as soon as possible.