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PH tops international "natural disasters list" for 2011, with 33 major incidents—citing information from the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)—reports that "the Philippines topped the disaster league table (of 2011) with 33 major reported events, affecting 12.5 percent of the population."
Published on: Jan 31, 2012 - 6:45am—citing information from the United Nations  International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)—reports that "the Philippines topped the disaster league table (of 2011) with 33 major reported events, affecting 12.5 percent of the population." The report did not enumerate the 33 incidents cited.


The report noted: "The UNISDR said tropical storm Sendong, which claimed 1,430 lives after it struck in the middle of the night on December 16, 2011, is the second most deadly disaster of the last 12 months." For 2011, the country's Sendong death toll is listed as second to Japan's earthquake-tsunami death toll of 19,846.


Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström and Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario "discussed the need for social mobilization to be linked to early flood warnings to ensure timely evacuations."


The UN's statement was culled from the figures culled from the World Health Organization's (WHO) Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT).  The WHO Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) were also involved in updating the International Disaster Database.


Among the data tables presented was the Number of Reported Natural Disasters by Country (2011). Below are the countries included in the roster and the number of disasters each experienced last year.


  1. Philippines (33)
  2. People's Republic of China (21)
  3. United States (19)
  4. India (11)
  5. Indonesia (11)
  6. Mexico (1o)
  7. Guatemala (7)
  8. Japan (7)
  9. Brazil (6)
  10. Bangladesh, Nigeria, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam (5)


For more on this story, log on to and check out the EM-DAT: The CRED/OFDA - International Disaster Database tables.

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  • ZLT1688
    There are so many affordable
    Feb 04 2012 @ 12:14pm     Reply  
  • ZLT1688
    There are so many affordable
    Feb 04 2012 @ 12:12pm     Reply  
  • MikeinManila
    @Jesuswasablackman...Thunderbirds are go! Ooops can't move cos Edsa and all other arterial routes in and out the city are gridlocked as usual ! A rescue ready reaction force....Even Brains couldn't figure out how to make that work in this blighted nation....
    Feb 01 2012 @ 05:35pm     Reply  
  • Genuine
    Not surprising. This country takes the first brunt of many typhoons that form in the Pacific, mainly due to where its at, even before the likes of Vietnam get hit. This land also straddles the Pacific ring of fire, add to that the many faultlines, including the scary Marikina faultline, which will level most of the metropolis should it decide to wake up. The real disaster are the people who can't be bothered preparing for any future event like the one mentioned above.
    Feb 01 2012 @ 02:53pm     Reply  
  • Erap
    How about manmade disasters? I bet we win that list too.
    Jan 31 2012 @ 05:20pm     Reply  
  • LIst-o-rama
    Nobody wants to be No. 1 is a list like this.
    Jan 31 2012 @ 01:08pm     Reply  
  • Jesuswasablackman
    That is why it is imperative that our government should set up a task force made up of reservists from the different Armed Forces specially trained for rescue maneuvers and disaster engineering. That team should have access to the latest all-terrain vehicles and materiel and can be easily deployed to disaster hot spots in short notice. Visionary much? Think of it like International Rescue (of Thunderbirds fame) without the sci-fi wet-dream vehicles
    Jan 31 2012 @ 10:14am     Reply  
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