- The first describes the general conceptual and methodological framework
- The second outlines the methods for estimating damage and losses to social sectors
- The third section concentrates on services and physical infrastructure
- The fourth section covers damages and losses to productive sectors
- The fifth section deals with overall, cross-sectoral and macroeconomic effects.
The document is a revised and extended version of the handbook published in the 1970s by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and it is the result of the conceptual analyses of many disasters that have occurred in the region over the past three decades.