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DesInventar Disaster Information Management System

Sources: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

The DesInventar Disaster Information Management System supports the systematic collection, documentation and analysis of data about losses caused by disasters. The system consists of two modules. The data entry module stores data about the events in a structured database. The analysis module allows the user to search the database using queries that may include relations among the variables. The user can search for data by particular effects, types of events, causes, sites, countries, dates, etc. These queries can be presented as tables, graphics and thematic maps, allowing users to visualize the information that is most relevant for their needs.
The data covers many aspects of the disasters, including space and temporal data, types of events and causes, direct and indirect effects. The disaster types are classified according to the Disaster Loss Data (DATA) family classification, as with the EM-DAT database.
The data on the disaster effects are classified into 4 groups:
Related to people: deaths, missing, injured/sick, affected, victims, evacuated
Related to homes: relocated, houses damaged, houses destroyed
Related to infrastructure: crops and woods (hectares), livestock, educational centres, hospitals, roads affected (metres), transport sector, communications, aid organisation installations, agriculture and fishing, water supply, sewerage, education, power/energy, industry, health sector
Economic losses: loss value (USD)

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