Caribbean: costliest natural disasters 2000-2018

Between 2000 and 2018, natural disasters with the highest estimated economic losses in the Caribbean were hurricanes. Hurricane Maria, which affected Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic, Martinique, and Haiti in September of 2017, caused overall losses for approximately 68.6 billion U.S. dollars. Hurricane Sandy ranked second, with an economic impact estimated at 68.4 billion U.S. dollars, in this case including the United States, Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

Costliest natural disasters based on estimated overall losses in the Caribbean between 2000 and 2018

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Release date

April 2019


Central and South America

Survey time period

Between 2000 and 2018

Special properties

In current prices

Supplementary notes

The affected areas were:
Hurricane Maria (Sept 2017): Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Dominica, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, Martinique, and Haiti.

Hurricane Sandy (October 2012): United States, Cuba, Haiti, Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Irma (Sept 2017): United States, Virgin Islands (U.S.), British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Saint Barthelemy, Anguilla, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Figures have been rounded.

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