The most dangerous countries in the world for natural disasters

Louis Dor
Wednesday 31 August 2016 16:10

Of 171 countries, the UK ranks 131st for likelihood of a natural disaster affecting the country, according to a worldwide index analysing risk.

The WorldRiskReport, created by the United Nations University's Institute for Environment and Human Security shows not only the global hotspots for a high disaster risk, but the preparedness of a country towards preventing a natural event from becoming a disaster.

As a result, developing countries were often found to be more vulnerable, and therefore more at risk, than developed countries with the same exposure.

Data: Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft/ UNU-EHS 2016

The countries that dominated the top 10 were predominately found in Oceania.

Data: Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft/ UNU-EHS 2016

Meanwhile Qatar was found to be the least at-risk country in the world by the index.

Data: Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft/ UNU-EHS 2016

Dr Michael Hagenlocher, an associate academic officer at the institute, has explained some of the reasons behind in this ranking in the below video:

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