Historical Hazards

Guyana is most at risk to floods and droughts. Guyana has experienced many floods in recent years that are heavily influenced by La Niña events. The country’s low-lying coastline, which in some areas is 2 m below sea level, causes flooding to be an imminent threat. Sea level rise will lead to inundation of coastal areas, saline intrusion into surface and ground water sources and overtopping of existing sea defenses.

This section provides a summary of key natural hazards and their associated socioeconomic impacts in a given country. And it allows quick evaluation of most vulnerable areas through the spatial comparison of natural hazard data with development data, thereby identifying exposed livelihoods and natural systems.

Natural Hazard Statistics

The charts provide overview of the most frequent natural disaster in a given country and understand the impacts of those disasters on human populations.


Climate change is now recognized to have a significant impact on disaster management efforts and pose a significant threat to the efforts to meet the growing needs of the most vulnerable populations. The demands of disaster risk management are such that concise, clear, and reliable information is crucial. The information presented here offers insight into the frequency, impact and occurrence of natural hazards.