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International Recovery Platform

Boumerdes Earthquake, 2003

Country Algeria
Location Thenia, Boumerdes, Zemmouri

Brief Overview of the Disaster
On the 21st of May 2003, the most powerful earthquake to have affected North Africa since 1980 struck northern Algeria. This tragic disaster led to the death of more than 2,200 people, injured more than 10,000 and left at least 180,000 homeless.

Displaced 200,000
Dead 2,266
Missing Not specified
Injured 10,261
Housing Destroyed/Damaged Not specified
Total Damage and Losses (in USD) 5000 million
Note Total affected: 210,261 
Main Source$File/ifrc-cdi-24jul.pdf
GLIDE No. EQ-2003-000074-DZA