Brief communication: Loss of life due to Hurricane Harvey

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<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> 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&amp;thinsp;%), particularly in and around vehicles. Males (70&amp;thinsp;%) and people over 50 years old (56&amp;thinsp;%) were overrepresented in the dataset. More than half of the fatalities occurred in the greater Houston area (<span class="inline-formula"><i>n</i></span>&amp;thinsp;<span class="inline-formula">=</span>&amp;thinsp;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.</p>




Jonkman, S. N., Godfroy, M., Sebastian, A., & Kolen, B. (2018). Brief communication: Loss of life due to Hurricane Harvey. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 18(4), 1073–1078.

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