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  1. Deaths due to flash floods in Puerto Rico, January 1992 : implications for prevention.

    Article - En anglais


    In January 1992, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico sustained unusually heavy rainfall, which caused flash floods and deaths.


    We conducted a descriptive study and a case-control study to determine the circumstances of these deaths and to identify mortality-prevention strategies.

    We describe the time, place, and circumstances of each death, and compare this information with water-level and rainfall data and the timing of warnings.

    Using controls selected from the affected population, we estimated the risk of death by age, sex, and vehicle occupancy during the flood.


    Within 7 hours, 23 people died in 17 incidents ; 20 of the decedents (87%) were occupants of motor vehicles.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Inondation, Epidémiologie, Mortalité, Homme, Prévention, Recommandation, Education sanitaire, Sinistre, Porto Rico, Avertissement, Antilles, Amérique Centrale, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Flood, Epidemiology, Mortality, Human, Prevention, Recommendation, Health education, Disaster, Puerto Rico, West Indies, Central America, America

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 94-0715586

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 09/06/1995.