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Volume 18, issue 4 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1073-1078, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1073-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Brief communication 19 Apr 2018

Brief communication | 19 Apr 2018

Brief communication: Loss of life due to Hurricane Harvey

Sebastiaan N. Jonkman1, Maartje Godfroy1, Antonia Sebastian1,2, and Bas Kolen3,4 Sebastiaan N. Jonkman et al.
  • 1Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 2Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 3Department of Values, Technology, and Innovation, Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 4HKV Consultants, Lelystad, the Netherlands

Abstract. 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.

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An analysis was made of the loss of life directly caused by Hurricane Harvey. Information was collected for 70 fatalities that occurred directly due to the event. Most of the fatalities occurred in the greater Houston area, which was most severely affected by extreme rainfall and heavy flooding. The majority of fatalities in this area were recovered outside the designated 100- and 500-year flood zones. Most fatalities occurred due to drowning (81 %), particularly in and around vehicles.
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