Coastal Storm

Authored by: Sebastiaan N. Jonkman , Herman Gerritsen , Marcel Marchand

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698

10.4324/9780203844236.ch19

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Abstract

Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, which struck the US Gulf Coast in 2005, and Cyclone Sidr, which struck Bangladesh in 2007, highlighted coasts as being hazardous places to live. On average, every year more than 100 million people are found to be exposed to tropical cyclone hazards worldwide (Pelling 2004). Countries with substantial populations located on coastal plains and deltas with a relatively high exposure to cyclones include India, Bangladesh, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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