Disasters: Data List

Data Sources

National Disaster Management Centre​

The mandate for disaster risk management in South Africa is the responsibility of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), whose objective is to coordinate and promote integrated disaster 3 management at all levels of government, national, provincial and local municipalities as well as with other role players.​

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Council for GeoScience

This collection includes data processed by Council for GeoScience to show areas of intensity of seismic activity in South Africa.​​

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South African Weather Service

The South Africa Weather Service (SAWS), is the legally mandated institution, as per the Weather Service Act (RSA, 2001), responsible for weather and climate forecasting and the issuing of severe weather related alerts in South Africa. SAWS also produces maintains the CAELUM weather events database – a description of extreme weather events. ​

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DesInventar is a Disaster Management Information System for generating National Disaster Inventories and constructing databases that capture information on damage, loss and general effects of disasters. It is also used to store the data sets that are reported on in the Global Assessment Reports on Disaster Risk Reduction.​


There are three global disaster loss databases: NatCatSERVICE (Munich Re), Sigma (Swiss Re) and EM-Dat (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters). Each of these databases provides access to records about disaster occurrence, damages, losses and impacts, compliant with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 monitoring minimum requirements.​


Data challenges

Data fragmentation, unavailability and/or poor data quality is one of South Africa's most significant challenges to improved risk management planning, mitigation, and disaster loss reporting. Improved data collection and consolidation combined with open access will facilitate evidence-based decisions and actions.