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Asian economies most at risk from natural disasters

Published on Aug 15, 2012 12:22 PM
 
Asian countries dominate a league table of economies most at risk from earthquakes, floods, storms and other natural hazards, according to research published on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Asian countries dominate a league table of economies most at risk from earthquakes, floods, storms and other natural hazards, according to research published on Wednesday.

In an assessment of 197 countries, British risk consultancy Maplecroft said six Asian countries were among the 10 countries whose economies were most vulnerable to catastrophes.

The list is headed by Bangladesh and the Philippines, which along with Myanmar are considered to be at "extreme" risk.

Only one other country, the Caribbean state of Dominican Republic, falls into this category, and was rated third overall.

 
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