Now here we are with an article about natural disaster prone countries with the worst, most costly disasters in the world. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about it. The frequency of natural disasters like hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, and storms is increasing day by day.
global hotspots for devastating disasters are located in Oceania, Southeast Asia, Central America and Southern Sahel. Countries like Bangladesh, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea are strongly exposed to natural hazards and due to poor economic situation they are particularly vulnerable. The United States occupies a significant part of so-called “Ring of Fire” where most of the world’s earthquakes occur. It is positioned in such a way that it is highly susceptible to hurricanes, what we already mentioned.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three natural disaster prone countries with the worst, most costly disasters in the world from their list.
The first on is the USA. Due to its geographical position, America is exposed to natural disasters (12.25%), but its ability to cope with the consequences is very high (48.71%) which can explain the low ranking. Most recent natural disasters to hit the U.S. are hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. Unfortunately, the US is no stranger to deadliest and worst hurricanes in the history. Hurricane Ike in 2008 caused 195 deaths and $29.5 billion in damage; hurricane Sandy in 2012 caused 285 deaths and $71.4 billion in damage; hurricane Katrina in 2015 caused 1200 deaths and $108 billion in damage. The second country for now is China that is one of the countries that often suffer from natural disasters due to its various climatic zones, vast territory, and poor ecological conditions. According to a study on natural disasters in China, 558 natural disasters occurred from 1985 to 2014 with 54,086 people losing their lives. Economic losses were estimated to $874,613 million. In 2016, China was hit by floods that caused $44 billion damage and took lives of more than 883 people, and millions were relocated. This year, floods and landslides affected more than 7.3 million people. China is another proof that despite being ranked pretty low on World Risk Report, it is a country with worst disasters in the world especially because of high death tolls.
For any further useful information, read Insider Monkey’s article about top 10 natural disaster prone countries with the worst, most costly disasters in the world