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SL ranked 2nd in the Global Climate Risk Index

Tabbowe tank spilling during recent floods/Courtesy CeylonToday

Germanwatch, a German Organisation for promoting North-South equity and perservation of livelihoods, has ranked Sri lanka 2nd in Global Climate Risk Index report for 2019.

The report was made based on the extreme weather events and weather related losses faced by countries all around the world between the period of 1998-2017.

Puerto Rico is ranked at the top in the index due to the severe hit of Hurricane ‘Mari’ in September 2017.

In May 2017, Heavy landslides and floods occurred in Sri Lanka after strong monsoon rains in the Southwestern region of the country which saw the worst rains on the Indian Ocean Island since 2003. This caused the deaths of more than 200 people, while over 60,000 people were displaced from their homes.

According to the index, in 2017, there were 246 casualties due to extreme weather conditions, while deaths per 100,000 inhabitants were 1.147.

The absolute losses due to these weather conditions in 2017 in USD millions were 3,129 Purchasing Power Parities (PPP). Losses per unit of GDP was 1.135 per cent.

Sri Lanka was 4th in the previous report released in 2018.

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Presenting these facts in Parliament, State Minister Eran Wickramaratne today said that the losses incurred in the period between 1998-2017 due to bad weather is USD 2.9 billion, 77 percent of which was due to natural disasters. ‘This is an increase of 250 percent when compared to the previous 20 year period,” said Wickramaratne.

Other two Asian countries to be included in the Index are Bangladesh(9) and Thailand(10).