Saint Lucia

Country Disaster Risk Profiles - Saint Lucia

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SAINT LUCIA Earthquakes and Hurricanes RISK PROFILE

What is a country disaster risk profile?

An estimation of the potential economic losses to property caused by adverse natural hazards.

Country Disaster Risk Profile Applications

  • Inform disaster risk financing
  • Develop key baseline data
  • Evaluate impact of disasters
  • Promote and inform risk reduction

Country At-A-Glance

GDP US$ 1.4 billion

Population 180,000

Total Building Exposure US$ (Replacement Value) 3 billion

Snapshot

  • The hurricane risk in Saint Lucia is more significant than the earthquake risk.

  • Annual Average Loss (AAL) from hurricanes is US$ 9.5M (0.7% of GDP) and from earthquakes is US$ 2.6M (0.2% of GDP).

  • The Probable Maximum Loss for hurricanes (250 year return period) is US$ 382M (27.2% of GDP) and for earthquakes (250 year return period) is US$ 148M (10.5% of GDP).

  • Single family, wood studwall frame with plywood/ gypsum board sheathing are the buildings most vulnerable to hurricanes, accounting for 30% of AAL.