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Table 3: Natural disasters in SIDS in the first nine months of 2003
Country
Event
No. Killed
Total No.Affected
Dominican
Republic

Floods

Earthquake

1

3

460

2015

Fiji
Storm
17
132823
Haiti
Floods
36
4070
Madagascar

Floods

Cyclones

Drought

16

89

0

25585

162586

527000

Papua New Guinea
Landslides
13
621
Puerto Rico
Floods
2
2405
Solomon Is
Cyclones
0
425
Total
177
857990
Source: OFDA/CRED 2003

In December 2003, for the first time in decades, the Caribbean experienced a hurricane after the official hurricane season had ended. In 2003, several SIDS experienced natural disasters and though the impacts were not as severe as in the late 1990s, many lives were lost and thousands affected (Table 3). The most severe impacts were seen in those SIDS that are among the poorest in their respective regions (Figure 4).

Figure 4: Hurricane Fabian struck the Caribbean in September 2003. Vulnerability to natural disasters such as hurricanes are a major concern among SIDS.
Source: REUTERS/Noaa-Handout

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