01. The International Disaster Database


Learning outcome

After completing this activity, the student will be familiar with the International Disaster Database (EMDAT).


Please visit the International Disaster Database EM-DAT database and answer the following quiz questions.


Development and relief agencies have long recognised the important role played by data and information in mitigating the impacts of disasters on vulnerable populations. Systematic collection and analysis of these data provides invaluable information to governments and agencies in charge of relief and recovery activities. It also aids the integration of health components into development and poverty alleviation programmes.

The Centre for Research and Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in Belgium has a long history of standardised data compilation, validation and analysis. It provides free and open access to its data through its websites. The International Disaster Database: EM-DAT is one of CRED’s core data products.

Take quiz

Question 11 pts

Which disaster has led to most deaths between 1900 and 2015 in Burundi?

Question 21 pts

Which disaster has affected most people between 1900 and 2015 in Burundi?

Question 31 pts

In the EM-DAT database, what is the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami categorized as?

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