Date
23 November 2017
Natural hazard risk in the Philippines is compounded by poor institutional and societal capacity to deal with the disasters, a study says. Photo: Reuters
Natural hazard risk in the Philippines is compounded by poor institutional and societal capacity to deal with the disasters, a study says. Photo: Reuters

Philippine cities most at risk from disasters: study

Eight of the 10 cities globally that are deemed to be most exposed to natural hazards are in the Philippines, according to a new study published Wednesday.

The study by risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft also showed that of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards such as earthquakes, storms and other disasters, Philippines accounted for 21, Reuters reported.

“Natural hazard risk is compounded in the Philippines by poor institutional and societal capacity to manage, respond and recover from natural hazard events,” the study said.

Besides the risk of volcanic eruptions, quakes and floods, the Philippines is hit by more than 20 typhoons every year.

Among the others in the Asian region, China had 16 cities in the top 100 list in terms of vulnerability to natural disasters, while Japan had 11 and Bangladesh 8, the report said. 

Of the 13 countries deemed least able to cope with natural disasters, 11 were in sub-Saharan Africa, with Somalia coming bottom for the fourth consecutive year, the study showed.

For its risk analysis study, Verisk Maplecroft analyzed the threat posed by storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, volcanoes and landslides in more than 1,300 cities around the world.

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