Philippines slightly improves ranking in World Risk Index

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There has been an improvement in the Philippines’ ranking in the World Risk Index for the past year.

The World Risk Index is released annually and ranks countries that are exposed to natural disasters or have experienced disasters in recent years.

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According to the WorldRiskIndexReport 2019 from number three last year, the Philippines is only number nine among the countries in the world, which is considered the “most at risk to natural disasters.”

This is a slight decrease compared to the country’s 2018 ranking.

The United Nations University developed world Risk Index – EHS, to rank countries exposed to natural hazards and affected by climate change.

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Philippines slightly improves ranking in World Risk Index

The WorldRiskReport has been published annually since 2011 by Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft.
Since 2017, the Institute for Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at Ruhr University
Bochum has been responsible for the scientific management and calculation of the WorldRiskIndex contained in the report.

The three countries having the highest disaster risk worldwide are the island states of Vanuatu (index value: 56.71), Antigua and Barbuda (index value: 30.80), and Tonga (index value:29.39). Island states are above average among countries with a high or very high disaster risk across all continents. This is often due to their high or very high exposure to extreme natural events.

WorldRiskIndexReport 2019

1. Vanuatu- 56.71
2. Antigua and Barbuda- 30.80
3. Tonga- 29.39
4. Solomon Islands- 29.36
5. Guyana- 22.87
6. Papua New Guinea- 22.18
7. Brunei Darussalam- 21.68
8. Guatemala- 20.69
9. Philippines- 20.69
10. Bangladesh- 18.78
11. Cape Verde- 18.02
12. Fiji- 17.83
13. Costa Rica- 17.37
14. Djibouti- 16.46
15. Timor-Leste- 16.39

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