Exposed: Why Vanuatu is the world’s most ‘at-risk’ country for natural hazards

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  • 2015•03•17     Bonn     Deutsche Welle

    Vanuatu is the world’s most at-risk country for natural hazards, according to a UN University World RiskIndex. And it’s not just storms, earthquakes, volcanoes or tsunamis that are the Problem.

    Some saw it coming: For four years running, Vanuatu has been ranked the world’s most disaster-prone country in an annual WorldRiskReport published by the United Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

    The country’s 2014 ranking of 36.5 percentage points places the country well ahead of second place Philippines (28.3), as well as South Pacific neighbor Tonga (28.2), or Guatemala (21). Germany, by comparison, ranks 147th at 3 percentage points, with Qatar last (or best, in this case) at .08 percentage points. The industrialized world’s most at-risk nation (17th place) is Japan, at 13 percentage points.

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