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Fires Deaths 2000-2017

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Wild fires cause hundreds of death every year and cause millions of dollars in damages. The most affected countries world wide are the United States, Australia and Russia, among European countries are Spain, Portugal and Greece with the most wild fires.

Between 2000 and 2017 most people died in Australia, Portugal and the United States, where wild fires then also affect urbanised areas. More hot and dry summers will cause ever bigger risks, also for countries that haven’t been affected until now.


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Technical Notes

This map shows the proportion of  people dying in wild fires  between 2000 and 2017, that happened there.

Data sources
This map uses data by  EM-DAT: The Emergency Events Database (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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