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Flood - Data and statistics

A 'pre-designed' summary and profile of disasters reported for a particular hazard including a summary of events from 1980 to September 2008 , as well as the top 10 disasters.

Data related to human and economic losses from disasters that have occurred between 1980 and 2008.

Please see also Flood Risk profile

Flood disasters from 1980 - 2008

Overview

No of events: 2,887
No of people killed: 195,843
Average people killed per year: 6,753
No of people affected: 2,809,481,489
Average people affected per year: 96,878,672
Ecomomic Damage (US$ X 1,000): 397,333,885
Ecomomic Damage per year (US$ X 1,000): 13,701,168

Top 10 Disasters Reported


Affected people

Disaster Date Affected (no. of people)
China P Rep 1998 238,973,000
China P Rep 1991 210,232,227
China P Rep 1996 154,634,000
China P Rep 2003 150,146,000
India 1993 128,000,000
China P Rep 1995 114,470,249
China P Rep 2007 105,004,000
China P Rep 1999 101,024,000
China P Rep 1989 100,010,000
China P Rep 2002 80,035,257

Killed people

Disaster Date Killed (no. of people)
Venezuela 1999 30,000
China P Rep 1980 6,200
China P Rep 1998 3,656
China P Rep 1996 2,775
Haiti 2004 2,665
Bangladesh 1988 2,379
Somalia 1997 2,311
Bangladesh 1987 2,055
India 1994 2,001
China P Rep 1989 2,000

Economic damages

Disaster Date Cost (US$ X 1,000)
China P Rep 1998 30,000,000
Korea Dem P Rep 1995 15,000,000
China P Rep 1996 12,600,000
United States 1993 12,000,000
Germany 2002 11,600,000
Italy 1994 9,300,000
China P Rep 1999 8,100,000
Italy 2000 8,000,000
China P Rep 2003 7,890,000
China P Rep 1991 7,500,000

Statistics for flood


Number of events reported


Number of people affected


Number of people killed


Reported economic damages (US$ in billion)

More information and data on: www.emdat.be/

Source of data: "EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Bel."
Data version: v11.08