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  • Closing the gap: Pooling risk in Central America and the Caribbean (PDF, 354kb)

    18 May 2018

    Since 1980, nine countries in Central America and the Caribbean have had at least half of their annual gross domestic product (GDP) wiped out by a natural catastrophe. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti had an estimated impact of 120% of GDP.

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  • Closing the gap: Drought threat to Uruguay‘s reliance on hydropower (PDF, 353kb)

    18 May 2018

    Uruguay is fortunate to have four river basins within its borders, two of which feed its hydroelectric plants. Hydropower can supply up to 90% of the country‘s electricity demand in a humid year. A dry year, however, can be costly.

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  • Staying afloat Flood Risk in Argentina (short version) (PDF, 419kb)

    06 October 2016

    Over the past 50 years, 75 major flood events have been reported in Argentina, affecting around 13 million people and taking more than 500 lives. With the equivalent of USD 22.5bn lost since 1980, floods are the most costly natural catastrophe affecting the country.
    Adjusting for the country‘s GDP growth, the same events today would have caused accumulated losses of USD 43.5bn.

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  • Risky cities: Mexico City (PDF, 587kb)

    09 October 2014

    Mexico City, a metropolis of around 21 million people is plagued by regular summer flooding which makes life utterly miserable for the city’s inhabitants, just one recent example being the inundation caused by Tropical Storm Ernesto in 2012. It is also exposed to substantial earthquake risk.

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  • Ciudades de riesgo: Ciudad de México (PDF, 1.03mb)

    09 October 2014

    La Ciudad de México es un centro económico de gran actividad muy expuesto tanto al riesgo de sufrir terremotos como desbordamientos de ríos. Mediante los modelos de riesgo de Swiss Re y los datos de peligros pormenorizados disponibles en CatNet, hemos analizado el posible impacto de estos riesgos y otros peligros naturales en el área metropolitana de México.

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  • The risk of tropical cyclones in Brazil (PDF, 530kb)

    10 June 2014

    Ten years after the first tropical cyclone ever recorded in the South Atlantic, we investigate the possibility and potential impact of another event like it.

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