Cover Image
close this bookSevere Tropical Storms Preparation and Response - Case Study Text (DHA/UNDRO - DMTP - UNDP, 1991, 58 p.)
close this folderPart Two: Disaster and Response
View the documentE. Detection and Warning of the Storm
View the documentF. Characteristics of the Threatened Area
View the documentG. Actions at the Provincial and Local Level in Response to Warning
View the documentH. Primary Impact
View the documentI. Secondary Effects
View the documentJ. Shortcomings in Management of the Response

F. Characteristics of the Threatened Area

The Provinces of Akutan and Kylinia have a combined population of 4.9 million people. The economy is based on petrochemical products (centred on the city of Sotorino), textiles, agricultural products (particularly tree crops), fishing, and tourism. A major new industrial complex is under construction at Freeport, 30 km North of Sotorino, which also has a new deep-water container port, a natural gas terminal, and a refining complex.

Topographically, the area consists of a narrow coastal alluvial plain, backed by steep hills sloping up to mountains. The coastline is mainly sand and mudflats. Numerous small rivers cross the plain. The main route south to Sotorino crosses three major road bridges, and twenty smaller ones. The rail route is poorly developed, running about twenty km further inland.

There are many small fishing villages on the coast, most connected to the main highway by metalled roads. Inland, in the rural areas, a variety of different tree crops are grown. Large estates intermix with smallholdings. Farms on higher ground mostly produce either livestock or grain.

The main provincial centres are Sotorino and Morenia.