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What Are Some Ways That Disasters Affect Women?

What Are Some Ways That Disasters Affect Women?   ©The Earth & I
  • Disasters lower women’s life expectancy more than men’s.

  • Women, boys, and girls are 14 times more likely than men to die during a disaster.

  • Most of the victims trapped in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were African-American women and their children.

  • Women were 61% of fatalities in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis in 2008, 70% after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Banda Aceh, and 91% after Cyclone Gorky in Bangladesh in 1991.

  • Following a disaster, many women may avoid shelters for fear of being sexually assaulted.

  • Women in poorer countries often are at home with no early warning system (television or radio).

Source: United Nations Development Programme

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