- The database contains disaster related data between 1970 and 2007 with an observed increase in number of reports after 1998 which corresponded to an increase in disaster reporting activities by some official bodies.
The reported disasters concentrate in the center-north of the country, were the majority of the population lives.
During the period 1970 to 1998 the events which have the highest number of reports are floods, landslides and fires. Between 1999 and 2007 landslides are the most reported events.
Meteorological events such as floods, torrential floods, landslides and rain, account for the highest number of deaths and damage to houses.
Highest damages are associated with the 1999 heavy rains that affected the state of Vargas and the Capital District and in the period 2004 to 2006. In the period 1970-1998 there are almost 200 to 300 homes destroyed in average per year.