Natural Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Overview of Risk

104 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2011

Date Written: October 2000


This paper integrates information from both economics and the physical sciences to survey the effects of natural disasters in the region. A first section surveys the human and economic impact of natural disasters in the region at both the household and aggregate levels, noting both the geographical distribution of disaster risk and its long-term implications for development. A second section reviews types of disasters prevalent in the region, and future disaster risks, as well as the socio-economic sources of vulnerability to disasters resulting from development and migration patterns. A third section discusses risk management strategies at the household and community level, with public policy options and proposals for emergency response and finding an appropriate mix of local, national and market-based solutions.

Suggested Citation

Charvériat, Céline, Natural Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Overview of Risk (October 2000). IDB Working Paper No. 364. Available at SSRN: or

Céline Charvériat (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Register to save articles to
your library


Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics

Under construction: SSRN citations while be offline until July when we will launch a brand new and improved citations service, check here for more details.

For more information