Philippines third-most disaster-prone country

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Heavy flooding in the Philippines in August 2012 was causing widespread chaos

The Philippines ranks as the third most disaster-prone country in the world behind the Pacific islands of Tonga and Vanuatu because of its high exposure to natural calamities, the newly released World Disaster Report 2012 said.

It also said that the Philippines could spare up to 20 million of its people—about a fifth of its total population—from natural disasters by improving the protection of its coral reefs, a primary line of defense against coastal hazards, including tsunamis.

The report’s list of the top 15 most-at-risk nations includes Guatemala, Bangladesh, Solomon Islands, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, El Salvador, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Mauritius, Nicaragua and Fiji.

Apart from an overall rating, the report also released the countries’ scores in five indicators: Disaster exposure, vulnerability, susceptibility, lack of coping capacities and lack of adaptive capacities.

The report said some 4,130 natural disasters were recorded from 2002 to 2011, leaving more than a million victims and an economic loss of roughly $1.195 trillion.

Middle East, European and North American countries were placed among the low-risk nations. Malta and Qatar were rated as the two lowest-risk countries.

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Heavy flooding in the Philippines in August 2012 was causing widespread chaos

The Philippines ranks as the third most disaster-prone country in the world behind the Pacific islands of Tonga and Vanuatu because of its high exposure to natural calamities, the newly released World Disaster Report 2012 said.

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Heavy flooding in the Philippines in August 2012 was causing widespread chaos

The Philippines ranks as the third most disaster-prone country in the world behind the Pacific islands of Tonga and Vanuatu because of its high exposure to natural calamities, the newly released World Disaster Report 2012 said.

It also said that the Philippines could spare up to 20 million of its people—about a fifth of its total population—from natural disasters by improving the protection of its coral reefs, a primary line of defense against coastal hazards, including tsunamis.

The report’s list of the top 15 most-at-risk nations includes Guatemala, Bangladesh, Solomon Islands, Costa Rica, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, El Salvador, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Mauritius, Nicaragua and Fiji.

Apart from an overall rating, the report also released the countries’ scores in five indicators: Disaster exposure, vulnerability, susceptibility, lack of coping capacities and lack of adaptive capacities.

The report said some 4,130 natural disasters were recorded from 2002 to 2011, leaving more than a million victims and an economic loss of roughly $1.195 trillion.

Middle East, European and North American countries were placed among the low-risk nations. Malta and Qatar were rated as the two lowest-risk countries.

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