Bangladesh sixth in risk list

Bangladesh sixth in risk list


Bangladesh ranked sixth in a new list of nations hardest hit by two decades of storms, floods and landslides that killed more than half a million people, climate analysts reported, warning of more frequent disasters if Earth’s overheating cannot be tamed, reports AFP.Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti topped the list.Scientists point to the mounting threat from storms, floods, droughts and rising seas if mankind cannot brake emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, especially from fossil fuels.A red flag to negotiators from 195 countries trying to broker a global climate-saving pact in Paris, the Bonn-based advocacy group Germanwatch released the 2016 Global Climate Risk Index showing those nations most affected by the direct consequences of extreme weather events.Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti were the most afflicted by such disasters between 1995 and 2014, said the latest edition of the annual index.

Next were the Philippines, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Pakistan, Thailand and Guatemala.Altogether, more than 525,000 people died as a direct result of about 15,000 extreme weather events, the report said.Losses amounted to more than $2.97 trillion (2.8 trillion euros), it said.Honduras tops the list partly because it is in the Central American hurricane belt.Although Honduras endured fewer extreme events than the Philippines, Bangladesh and some other disaster-prone nations, its financial losses as a percentage of its national economy were the highest.
source:Prothom Alo


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