Brief communication: Loss of life due to Hurricane Harvey

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An analysis was made of the loss of life caused by Hurricane Harvey. Information was collected for 70 fatalities that occurred due to the event and were recovered within the first 2 weeks after landfall. Most fatalities occurred due to drowning (81 %), particularly in and around vehicles. Males (70 %) and people over 50 years old (56 %) were overrepresented in the dataset. More than half of the fatalities occurred in the greater Houston area (n  =  37), where heavy rainfall and dam releases caused unprecedented urban flooding. The majority of fatalities were recovered outside the designated 100- and 500-year flood hazard areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1078
JournalNatural Hazards and Earth System Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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    Fatalities due to hurricane Harvey (2017)

    Jonkman, S. N. (Creator) & Godfroy, M. (Creator), TU Delft - 4TU Centre for research data, 2017


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