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Women, Disasters, and Hurricane Katrina
by Jane M. Henrici, Ph.D., Allison Suppan Helmuth, Jackie Braun (August 2010)

Major disasters during the last decade have pushed planners and researchers to examine more closely the disparities among those hurt when crises hit. Research suggests that women often suffer disproportionately in comparison to most men when disaster strikes, while the elderly, and people in poverty, are more vulnerable than those with more mobility and those with greater access to resources. According to reports addressing disasters occurring outside of the United States, 1.5 times as many women as men died during the 1995 Kobe earthquake, and three times as many women as men died from the 2004 Asian tsunami; age and income level were contributing factors.

 
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