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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1073-1078, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1073-2018
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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 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.
Citation: Jonkman, S. N., Godfroy, M., Sebastian, A., and Kolen, B.: Brief communication: Loss of life due to Hurricane Harvey, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1073-1078, https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1073-2018, 2018.
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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.
An analysis was made of the loss of life directly caused by Hurricane Harvey. Information was...
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