Pat Shingleton: "The Seven Worst Nations..."
Our natural disasters were unprecedented in 2016 recognizing the deadly tornadoes in Convent followed by the flooding episode in March and of course the worst rain event in the history of the United States that inundated the Felicianas, East Baton Rouge Parish, Livingston, Ascension and Assumption Parishes. More than 30 inches of measured rain in 25 hours ravaged Denham Springs and other communities. eenews.net reports that natural disasters throughout the world have increased from less than 400 from 1980 to 1982 to nearly 900 from 2013 to 2015. In 2015 there were 346 reported disasters that were responsible for more than 22,000 deaths and $66.5 billion in damages. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society ranked seven nations according to their risk with respect to natural disasters that include storms, drought and earthquakes. World Risk Report's Matthias Garschagen is its director and noted that the risk level is not only attributed to incidents of severe storms, drought and earthquakes but due also to inadequate roads, power lines and infrastructure. The report compares these inadequacies with the exposures to storms, ocean surges, earthquakes, and tsunamis. The top five riskiest nations are: Tonga, the Philippines, Guatemala, and Bangladesh. The safest nation in the world is Qatar and the United States is ranked 127th.