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Dataset | 27 April 2021

The International Disaster - Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT)

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.

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