Country ranking for field: environment current issues Natural hazards 1996

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1flag of AlbaniaAlbania0 
2flag of Palmyra AtollPalmyra AtollNA 
3flag of New ZealandNew Zealandearthquakes are common though usually not severe 
4flag of NicaraguaNicaraguadestructive earthquakes volcanoes landslides and occasionally severe hurricanes 
5flag of NigerNigerrecurring droughts 
6flag of NigeriaNigeriaperiodic droughts 
7flag of NiueNiuetyphoons 
8flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk Islandtyphoons 
9flag of North KoreaNorth Korealate spring droughts often followed by severe flooding; occasional typhoons during the early fall 
10flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islandsactive volcanoes on Pagan and Agrihan; typhoons 
11flag of NorwayNorwayNA 
12flag of OmanOmansummer winds often raise large sandstorms and duststorms in interior; periodic droughts 
13flag of PakistanPakistanfrequent earthquakes occasionally severe especially in north and west; flooding along the Indus after heavy rains 
14flag of PalauPalautyphoons 
15flag of PanamaPanamaNA 
16flag of NepalNepalsevere thunderstorms flooding landslides drought and famine depending on the timing intensity and duration of the summer monsoons 
17flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guineaactive volcanism; situated along the Pacific "Rim of Fire"; the country is subject to frequent and sometimes severe earthquakes; mudslides 
18flag of Paracel IslandsParacel Islandstyphoons 
19flag of ParaguayParaguaylocal flooding in southeast 
20flag of PeruPeruearthquakes tsunamis flooding landslides mild volcanic activity 
21flag of PhilippinesPhilippinesastride typhoon belt usually affected by 15 and struck by five to six cyclonic storms per year; landslides active volcanoes destructive earthquakes tsunamis 
22flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn Islandstyphoons 
23flag of PolandPolandNA 
24flag of PortugalPortugalAzores subject to severe earthquakes 
25flag of Puerto RicoPuerto Ricoperiodic droughts 
26flag of QatarQatarhaze dust storms sandstorms common 
27flag of RomaniaRomaniaearthquakes most severe in south and southwest; geologic structure and climate promote landslides 
28flag of RussiaRussiapermafrost over much of Siberia is a major impediment to development; volcanic activity in the Kuril Islands; volcanoes and earthquakes on the Kamchatka Peninsula 
29flag of New CaledoniaNew Caledoniatyphoons most frequent from November to March 
30flag of Navassa IslandNavassa IslandNA 
31flag of Saint HelenaSaint Helenaactive volcanism on Tristan da Cunha 
32flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall Islandsoccasional typhoons 
33flag of LesothoLesothoperiodic droughts 
34flag of LiberiaLiberiadust-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara 
35flag of LibyaLibyahot dry dust-laden ghibli is a southern wind lasting one to four days in spring and fall; duststorms sandstorms 
36flag of LiechtensteinLiechtensteinNA 
37flag of LithuaniaLithuaniaNA 
38flag of LuxembourgLuxembourgNA 
39flag of MadagascarMadagascarperiodic cyclones 
40flag of MalawiMalawiNA 
41flag of MalaysiaMalaysiaflooding 
42flag of MaldivesMaldiveslow level of islands makes them very sensitive to sea level rise 
43flag of MaliMalihot dust-laden harmattan haze common during dry seasons; recurring droughts 
44flag of MaltaMaltaNA 
45flag of MartiniqueMartiniquehurricanes flooding and volcanic activity 
46flag of NauruNauruperiodic droughts 
47flag of MauritaniaMauritaniahot dry dust/sand-laden sirocco wind blows primarily in March and April; periodic droughts 
48flag of MauritiusMauritiuscyclones 
49flag of MayotteMayottecyclones during rainy season 
50flag of MexicoMexicotsunamis along the Pacific coast destructive earthquakes in the center and south and hurricanes on the Gulf and Caribbean coasts 
51flag of Midway IslandsMidway IslandsNA 
52flag of MoldovaMoldovaNA 
53flag of MonacoMonacoNA 
54flag of MongoliaMongoliaduststorms can occur in the spring 
55flag of MontserratMontserratsevere hurricanes 
56flag of MoroccoMorocconorthern mountains geologically unstable and subject to earthquakes; periodic droughts 
57flag of MozambiqueMozambiquesevere droughts and floods occur in central and southern provinces; devastating cyclones 
58flag of MyanmarMyanmardestructive earthquakes and cyclones; flooding and landslides common during rainy season 
59flag of NamibiaNamibiaprolonged periods of drought 
60flag of RwandaRwandaperiodic droughts; the volcanic Virunga mountains are in the northwest along the border with Zaire 
61flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevishurricanes 
62flag of LatviaLatviaNA 
63flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emiratesfrequent sand and dust storms 
64flag of TogoTogohot dry harmattan wind can reduce visibility in north during winter; periodic droughts 
65flag of TokelauTokelaulies in Pacific typhoon belt 
66flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobagooutside usual path of hurricanes and other tropical storms 
67flag of Tromelin IslandTromelin IslandNA 
68flag of TunisiaTunisiaNA 
69flag of TurkeyTurkeyvery severe earthquakes especially in northern Turkey along an arc extending from the Sea of Marmara to Lake Van 
70flag of TurkmenistanTurkmenistanNA 
71flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islandsfrequent hurricanes 
72flag of TuvaluTuvalusevere tropical storms are rare 
73flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin Islandsrarely affected by hurricanes; frequent and severe droughts floods and earthquakes 
74flag of UgandaUgandaNA 
75flag of UkraineUkraineNA 
76flag of United KingdomUnited KingdomNA 
77flag of The GambiaThe Gambiarainfall has dropped by 30% in the last thirty years 
78flag of United StatesUnited Statestsunamis volcanoes and earthquake activity around Pacific Basin; hurricanes along the Atlantic coast; tornadoes in the midwest; mudslides in California; forest fires in the west; flooding; permafrost in northern Alaska is a major impediment to development 
79flag of UruguayUruguayseasonally high winds 
80flag of UzbekistanUzbekistanNA 
81flag of VanuatuVanuatutropical cyclones or typhoons 
82flag of VenezuelaVenezuelasubject to floods rockslides mudslides; periodic droughts 
83flag of VietnamVietnamoccasional typhoons 
84flag of Wake IslandWake Islandoccasional typhoons 
85flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and FutunaNA 
86flag of West BankWest BankNA 
87flag of Western SaharaWestern Saharahot dry dust/sand-laden sirocco wind can occur during winter and spring; widespread harmattan haze exists 60% of time often severely restricting visibility 
88flag of YemenYemensandstorms and dust storms in summer 
89flag of ZambiaZambiatropical storms 
90flag of The NetherlandsThe Netherlandsthe extensive system of dikes and dams protects nearly one-half of the total area from being flooded 
91flag of The BahamasThe Bahamashurricanes and other tropical storms that cause extensive flood and wind damage 
92flag of Saint LuciaSaint Luciahurricanes and volcanic activity 
93flag of South AfricaSouth Africaprolonged droughts 
94flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadineshurricanes; Soufriere volcano is a constant threat 
95flag of San MarinoSan Marinoparty to_Biodiversity Climate Change Nuclear Test Ban; signed but not ratified_Air Pollution 
96flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabiafrequent sand and dust storms 
97flag of SenegalSenegallowlands seasonally flooded; periodic droughts 
98flag of Serbia and MontenegroSerbia and Montenegrodestructive earthquakes 
99flag of SeychellesSeychelleslies outside the cyclone belt so severe storms are rare; short droughts possible 
100flag of Sierra LeoneSierra Leonedry sand-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara 
101flag of SingaporeSingaporeNA 
102flag of SlovakiaSlovakiaNA 
103flag of SloveniaSloveniaflooding and earthquakes 
104flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon Islandstyphoons but they are rarely destructive; geologically active region with frequent earth tremors; volcanic activity 
105flag of SomaliaSomaliarecurring droughts; frequent dust storms over eastern plains in summer 
106flag of South KoreaSouth Koreaoccasional typhoons bring high winds and floods; earthquakes in southwest 
107flag of ThailandThailandland subsidence in Bangkok area resulting from the depletion of the water table; droughts 
108flag of SpainSpainperiodic droughts 
109flag of Spratly IslandsSpratly Islandstyphoons; serious maritime hazard because of numerous reefs and shoals 
110flag of Sri LankaSri Lankaoccasional cyclones and tornadoes 
111flag of SudanSudandust storms 
112flag of SurinameSurinameNA 
113flag of SvalbardSvalbardice floes often block up the entrance to Bellsund 
114flag of SwazilandSwazilandNA 
115flag of SwedenSwedenice floes in the surrounding waters especially in the Gulf of Bothnia can interfere with maritime traffic 
116flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerlandavalanches landslides flash floods 
117flag of SyriaSyriadust storms sandstorms 
118flag of TaiwanTaiwanearthquakes and typhoons 
119flag of TajikistanTajikistanNA 
120flag of TanzaniaTanzaniathe tsetse fly and lack of water limit agriculture; flooding on the central plateau during the rainy season 
121flag of LebanonLebanonduststorms sandstorms 
122flag of LaosLaosfloods droughts and blight 
123flag of AlgeriaAlgeriamountainous areas subject to severe earthquakes; mudslides 
124flag of Clipperton IslandClipperton IslandNA 
125flag of BulgariaBulgariaearthquakes landslides 
126flag of Burkina FasoBurkina Fasorecurring droughts 
127flag of BurundiBurundiflooding landslides 
128flag of Cabo VerdeCabo Verdeprolonged droughts; harmattan wind can obscure visibility; volcanically and seismically active 
129flag of CambodiaCambodiamonsoonal rains 
130flag of CameroonCameroonrecent volcanic activity with release of poisonous gases 
131flag of Cayman IslandsCayman Islandshurricanes 
132flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republichot dry dusty harmattan winds affect northern areas; floods are common 
133flag of ChadChadhot dry dusty harmattan winds occur in north; periodic droughts; locust plagues 
134flag of ChileChilesevere earthquakes; active volcanism; tsunamis 
135flag of ChinaChinafrequent typhoons 
136flag of Christmas IslandChristmas Islandalmost completely surrounded by a reef which can be a maritime hazard 
137flag of Cocos IslandsCocos Islandscyclones may occur in the early months of the year 
138flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islandshurricanes and tropical storms 
139flag of ColombiaColombiahighlands subject to volcanic eruptions; occasional earthquakes; periodic droughts 
140flag of ComorosComoroscyclones and tsunamis possible during rainy season 
141flag of CongoCongoseasonal flooding 
142flag of Cook IslandsCook Islandstyphoons 
143flag of Costa RicaCosta Ricaoccasional earthquakes hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season; active volcanoes 
144flag of CroatiaCroatiafrequent and destructive earthquakes 
145flag of CubaCubathe east coast is subject to hurricanes from August to October 
146flag of CyprusCyprusmoderate earthquake activity 
147flag of Czech RepublicCzech RepublicNA 
148flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoirecoast has heavy surf and no natural harbors; during the rainy season torrential flooding is possible 
149flag of DenmarkDenmarkflooding is a threat in some areas of the country 
150flag of DjiboutiDjiboutiearthquakes; droughts; occasional cyclonic disturbances from the Indian Ocean bring heavy rains and flash floods 
151flag of BruneiBruneityphoons earthquakes and severe flooding are very rare 
152flag of British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryNA 
153flag of Dominican RepublicDominican Republicoccasional hurricanes 
154flag of BahrainBahrainperiodic droughts; dust storms 
155flag of American SamoaAmerican Samoatyphoons common from December to March 
156flag of AndorraAndorrasnowslides avalanches 
157flag of AngolaAngolalocally heavy rainfall causes periodic flooding on the plateau 
158flag of AnguillaAnguillafrequent hurricanes and other tropical storms 
159flag of Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbudahurricanes and tropical storms 
160flag of ArgentinaArgentinaTucuman and Mendoza areas in the Andes subject to earthquakes; pamperos are violent windstorms that can strike the Pampas and northeast; heavy flooding 
161flag of ArmeniaArmeniaoccasionally severe earthquakes; droughts 
162flag of ArubaArubalies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt 
163flag of Ashmore and Cartier IslandsAshmore and Cartier Islandssurrounded by shoals and reefs which can pose maritime hazards 
164flag of AustraliaAustraliacyclones along the coast; severe droughts 
165flag of AustriaAustriaNA 
166flag of AzerbaijanAzerbaijandroughts; some lowland areas threatened by rising levels of the Caspian Sea 
167flag of Baker IslandBaker Islandthe narrow fringing reef surrounding the island can be a maritime hazard 
168flag of BrazilBrazilrecurring droughts in northeast; floods and occasional frost in south 
169flag of BangladeshBangladeshdroughts cyclones; much of the country routinely flooded during the summer monsoon season 
170flag of BarbadosBarbadoshurricanes 
171flag of Bassas da IndiaBassas da Indiamaritime hazard since it is usually under water during high tide and surrounded by reefs; subject to periodic cyclones 
172flag of BelarusBelarusNA 
173flag of BelgiumBelgiumflooding is a threat in areas of reclaimed coastal land protected from the sea by concrete dikes 
174flag of BelizeBelizefrequent devastating hurricanes 
175flag of BeninBeninhot dry dusty harmattan wind may affect north in winter 
176flag of BermudaBermudahurricanes 
177flag of BhutanBhutanviolent storms coming down from the Himalayas are the source of the country's name which translates as Land of the Thunder Dragon; frequent landslides during the rainy season 
178flag of BoliviaBoliviacold thin air of high plateau is obstacle to efficient fuel combustion as well as to physical activity by those unaccustomed to it from birth; flooding in the northeast 
179flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovinafrequent and destructive earthquakes 
180flag of BotswanaBotswanaperiodic droughts; seasonal August winds blow from the west carrying sand and dust across the country which can obscure visibility 
181flag of Bouvet IslandBouvet IslandNA 
182flag of DominicaDominicaflash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months 
183flag of EcuadorEcuadorfrequent earthquakes landslides volcanic activity; periodic droughts 
184flag of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstanNA 
185flag of IsraelIsraelsandstorms may occur during spring and summer 
186flag of Heard Island and McDonald IslandsHeard Island and McDonald IslandsHeard Island is dominated by a dormant volcano called Big Ben 
187flag of Holy SeeHoly SeeNA 
188flag of HondurasHondurasfrequent but generally mild earthquakes; damaging hurricanes and floods along Caribbean coast 
189flag of Howland IslandHowland Islandthe narrow fringing reef surrounding the island can be a maritime hazard 
190flag of HungaryHungarylevees are common along many streams but flooding occurs almost every year 
191flag of IcelandIcelandearthquakes and volcanic activity 
192flag of IndiaIndiadroughts flash floods severe thunderstorms common; earthquakes 
193flag of IndonesiaIndonesiaoccasional floods severe droughts and tsunamis 
194flag of IranIranperiodic droughts floods; duststorms sandstorms; earthquakes along the Western border 
195flag of IraqIraqduststorms sandstorms floods 
196flag of IrelandIrelandNA 
197flag of Isle of ManIsle of ManNA 
198flag of ItalyItalyregional risks include landslides mudflows avalanches earthquakes volcanic eruptions flooding; land subsidence in Venice 
199flag of GuyanaGuyanaflash floods are a constant threat during rainy seasons 
200flag of JamaicaJamaicahurricanes 
201flag of Jan MayenJan Mayendominated by the volcano Beerenberg; volcanic activity resumed in 1970 
202flag of JapanJapanmany dormant and some active volcanoes; about 1500 seismic occurrences 
203flag of Jarvis IslandJarvis Islandthe narrow fringing reef surrounding the island can be a maritime hazard 
204flag of JerseyJerseyNA 
205flag of Johnston AtollJohnston AtollNA 
206flag of JordanJordanNA 
207flag of Juan de Nova IslandJuan de Nova Islandperiodic cyclones 
208flag of KazakhstanKazakhstanNA 
209flag of KenyaKenyaNA 
210flag of Kingman ReefKingman Reefwet or awash most of the time maximum elevation of about 1 meter makes this a maritime hazard 
211flag of KiribatiKiribatityphoons can occur any time but usually November to March; occasional tornadoes 
212flag of KuwaitKuwaitsudden cloudbursts are common from October to April they bring inordinate amounts of rain which can damage roads and houses; sandstorms and duststorms occur throughout the year but are most common between March and August 
213flag of HaitiHaitilies in the middle of the hurricane belt and subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding and earthquakes; periodic droughts 
214flag of GuineaGuineahot dry dusty harmattan haze may reduce visibility during dry season 
215flag of EgyptEgyptperiodic droughts; frequent earthquakes flash floods landslides volcanic activity; hot driving windstorm called khamsin occurs in spring; duststorms sandstorms 
216flag of French PolynesiaFrench Polynesiaoccasional cyclonic storms in January 
217flag of El SalvadorEl Salvadorknown as the Land of Volcanoes; frequent and sometimes very destructive earthquakes and volcanic activity 
218flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guineaviolent windstorms 
219flag of EritreaEritreafrequent droughts 
220flag of EstoniaEstoniaflooding occurs frequently in the spring 
221flag of EthiopiaEthiopiageologically active Great Rift Valley susceptible to earthquakes volcanic eruptions; frequent droughts 
222flag of Europa IslandEuropa IslandNA 
223flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland Islandsstrong winds persist throughout the year 
224flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe IslandsNA 
225flag of Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of Micronesiatyphoons 
226flag of FijiFijicyclonic storms can occur from November to January 
227flag of FinlandFinlandNA international agreements:party to_Air Pollution Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides Air Pollution-Sulphur 85 Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds Antarctic Treaty Biodiversity Climate Change Endangered Species Environmental Modification Hazardous Wastes Marine Dumping Marine Life Conservation Nuclear Test Ban Ozone Layer Protection Ship Pollution Tropical Timber 83 Wetlands Whaling; signed but not ratified_Air Pollution-Sulphur 94 Antarctic-Environmental Protocol Desertification Law of the Sea 
228flag of FranceFranceflooding 
229flag of French Southern and Antarctic LandsFrench Southern and Antarctic LandsIle Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul are extinct volcanoes 
230flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissauhot dry dusty harmattan haze may reduce visibility during dry season; brush fires 
231flag of GabonGabonNA 
232flag of Gaza StripGaza StripNA 
233flag of GeorgiaGeorgiaNA 
234flag of GermanyGermanyNA 
235flag of GhanaGhanadry dusty harmattan winds occur from January to March; droughts 
236flag of GibraltarGibraltarNA 
237flag of Glorioso IslandsGlorioso Islandsperiodic cyclones 
238flag of GreeceGreecesevere earthquakes 
239flag of GrenadaGrenadalies on edge of hurricane belt; hurricane season lasts from June to November 
240flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupehurricanes 
241flag of GuamGuamfrequent squalls during rainy season; relatively rare but potentially very destructive typhoons 
242flag of GuatemalaGuatemalanumerous volcanoes in mountains with frequent violent earthquakes; Caribbean coast subject to hurricanes and other tropical storms 
243flag of GuernseyGuernseyNA 
244flag of ZimbabweZimbabwerecurring droughts; floods and severe storms are rare 

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