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Natural disasters can have a devastating impact on nations in terms of both economic damages as well as loss of human life. Further, weak logistic chains and lack of critical infrastructure result in natural events becoming a disaster. In case of a disaster, it is imperative that humanitarian aid from within the nation and overseas reaches the affected people to lessen the loss of human lives.

Aid may be hindered due to unreliable electricity grids, crumbling transport routes and damaged buildings. As such it is imperative that, the governments invest in the establishment of critical infrastructure.

A well-maintained and high-quality infrastructure can prevent or lessen the disastrous consequences of storms or floods, and ensure a smooth flow of aid. Some nations have strengthened their infrastructure while others have not been able to do so and thus, feature high on the World Risk Index of 2016. The 171 countries in the report are ranked according to their risk of becoming a victim due to natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, cyclones, etc.

According to the 2016 World Risk Index, Vanuatu was the riskiest place to live. It had a world risk index score of 36.28 percent. Tonga was at the second spot, with a score of 29.33 percent, and the Philippines at the third place, with a risk index of 26.70 percent.

Nations such as Guatemala, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Cambodia, and a few others were also prone to risk with risk factors ranging between 16-to-20 percent. Countries such as Pakistan, India, Peru, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Swaziland, Sri Lanka, Greece and many others had a risk index between 4-to-8 percent.

Croatia, Libya, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and a number of other countries had an index score of under 4 percent.

Meanwhile, according to the 2016 report, Qatar was the safest country in terms of natural disasters. Qatar occupied the safest tag and was placed at the 171 rank with an index percentage of 0.08, because of its strategic location as well as high level of development. Malta was slightly behind Qatar with a rank of 170 and an index score of 0.60 percent.

Rank Country World Risk Index (%)
1 Vanuatu 36.28%
2 Tonga 29.33%
3 Philippines 26.70%
4 Guatemala 19.88%
5 Bangladesh 19.17%
6 Solomon Islands 19.14%
7 Brunei Darussalam 17.00%
8 Costa Rica 17.00%
9 Cambodia 16.58%
10 Papua New Guinea 16.43%
11 El Salvador 16.05%
12 Timor-Leste 15.69%
13 Mauritius 15.53%
14 Nicaragua 14.62%
15 Guinea-Bissau 13.56%
16 Fiji 13.15%
17 Japan 12.99%
18 Viet Nam 12.53%
19 Gambia 12.07%
20 Jamaica 11.83%
21 Haiti 11.68%
22 Chile 11.65%
23 Benin 11.39%
24 Guyana 11.39%
25 Niger 11.24%
26 Madagascar 11.15%
27 Dominican Republic 10.96%
28 Cameroon 10.91%
29 Chad 10.85%
30 Honduras 10.68%
31 Cape Verde 10.39%
32 Senegal 10.38%
33 Togo 10.36%
34 Djibouti 10.30%
35 Burundi 10.28%
36 Indonesia 10.24%
37 Sierra Leone 10.21%
38 Zimbabwe 10.06%
39 Burkina Faso 9.54%
40 Albania 9.50%
41 Afghanistan 9.50%
42 Myanmar 8.90%
43 Cote d’Ivoire 8.88%
44 Mozambique 8.69%
45 Uzbekistan 8.59%
46 Suriname 8.44%
47 Ghana 8.39%
48 Mali 8.39%
49 Netherlands 8.24%
50 Guinea 8.20%
51 Sudan 7.99%
52 Nigeria 7.98%
53 Malawi 7.98%
54 Mauritania 7.95%
55 Kyrgyzstan 7.86%
56 Liberia 7.84%
57 United Republic of Tanzania 7.65%
58 Ecuador 7.53%
59 Swaziland 7.52%
60 Bhutan 7.51%
61 Trinidad and Tobago 7.50%
62 Algeria 7.36%
63 Sri Lanka 7.32%
64 Comoros 7.29%
65 Panama 7.26%
66 Zambia 7.25%
67 Congo 7.19%
68 Serbia 7.12%
69 Rwanda 7.09%
70 Ethiopia 7.04%
71 Central African Republic 7.03%
72 Pakistan 6.96%
73 Lesotho 6.84%
74 Kenya 6.77%
75 Tajikistan 6.72%
76 Greece 6.70%
77 India 6.64%
78 Peru 6.59%
79 Belize 6.55%
80 Uganda 6.52%
81 Angola 6.52%
82 Morocco 6.45%
83 Colombia 6.45%
84 Turkmenistan 6.44%
85 China 6.39%
86 Malaysia 6.39%
87 Eritrea 6.35%
88 Georgia 6.27%
89 Thailand 6.19%
90 Cuba 6.13%
91 Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.10%
92 Armenia 6.07%
93 Gabon 6.04%
94 Yemen 5.97%
95 Mexico 5.97%
96 Venezuela 5.93%
97 Romania 5.92%
98 Republic of Macedonia 5.87%
99 Syrian Arab Republic 5.69%
100 Lao People’s Democ. Republic 5.59%
101 South Africa 5.58%
102 Azerbaijan 5.54%
103 Tunisia 5.40%
104 Namibia 5.37%
105 Hungary 5.32%
106 Turkey 5.20%
107 Botswana 5.14%
108 Nepal 5.12%
109 Lebanon 5.01%
110 Republic of Moldova 4.79%
111 Iran (Islamic Republic of) 4.73%
112 Ireland 4.60%
113 Korea, Republic of 4.59%
114 Bolivia 4.58%
115 Jordan 4.58%
116 New Zealand 4.55%
117 Iraq 4.49%
118 Equatorial Guinea 4.46%
119 Italy 4.42%
120 Bulgaria 4.22%
121 Australia 4.22%
122 Bahamas 4.14%
123 Brazil 4.09%
124 Uruguay 4.03%
125 Croatia 3.97%
126 Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 3.79%
127 United States 3.76%
128 Russia 3.58%
129 Argentina 3.56%
130 Kazakhstan 3.56%
131 United Kingdom 3.54%
132 Paraguay 3.48%
133 Portugal 3.45%
134 Slovenia 3.41%
135 Austria 3.39%
136 Slovakia 3.39%
137 Czech Republic 3.37%
138 Latvia 3.31%
139 Kuwait 3.28%
140 Poland 3.20%
141 Belarus 3.11%
142 Mongolia 3.08%
143 Belgium 3.07%
144 Spain 3.05%
145 Canada 3.01%
146 Ukraine 2.97%
147 Germany 2.95%
148 Lithuania 2.92%
149 Denmark 2.89%
150 Cyprus 2.68%
151 Oman 2.64%
152 France 2.62%
153 Seychelles 2.55%
154 Luxembourg 2.43%
155 Switzerland 2.37%
156 Estonia 2.36%
157 Israel 2.30%
158 Egypt 2.29%
159 Singapore 2.27%
160 Finland 2.21%
161 Norway 2.19%
162 Sweden 2.12%
163 United Arab Emirates 1.97%
164 Kiribati 1.78%
165 Bahrain 1.69%
166 Iceland 1.52%
167 Grenada 1.42%
168 Barbados 1.32%
169 Saudi Arabia 1.14%
170 Malta 0.60%
171 Qatar 0.08%

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