• The Philippines is now ranked third most disaster-prone country in the world
  • The information is based on the 2016 World Risk Index
  • Topping the list are Vanuatu and Tonga, two Pacific island nations that are at risk from earthquakes, tsunamis and storms
  • Philippines was ranked third due to occurrence of volcanic eruptions and landslides
  • Malta and Qatar were listed as the least at risk countries of natural disasters

Based on the 2016 World Risk Index, the Philippines was ranked third most disaster-prone countries on earth.

Topping the list are Vanuatu and Tonga, two Pacific island nations at risk from earthquakes, tsunamis and storms, an article written by Frank Schuengel which was published by When In Manila mentioned.

The inclusion of the Philippines being third-placed was attributed to the occurrence of volcanic eruptions and landslides, the report stated.

Malta and Qatar, on the other hand, are least at risk of natural disasters, while European powerhouse Germany is ranked 147th out of the 171 countries evaluated for the study.

As noted in the study, countries were not only evaluated based on occurrence of natural disasters, but also takes into account data pertaining to a wide variety of factors, including the number of people in each country exposed to natural hazards, the vulnerability of its transport infrastructure, housing, paths of distribution, and its general economic output.

In addition to this, the index also factors in the country’s food supply, medical care and political situation in addition to education, social welfare, research and early warning systems.

As such, the findings of the study, which was published by scientists from the United Nations University and from development organizations, pointed out that not only is the Philippines at great risk from natural disasters, but stressed that its inhabitants are also more vulnerable to natural hazards than people in most other countries.