Special Report

Countries That Suffer the Most From Extreme Weather Events


To determine which countries suffer the most from extreme weather, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the Climate Risk Index (CRI) scores assigned to 181 countries by Germanwatch’s “Global Climate Risk Index 2019.” Average fatalities and average losses in millions of dollars between the years 1998 and 2017 also came from the 2019 CRI.

In creating the CRI, Germanwatch used data from the Munich Re NatCatSERVICE, one of the most reliable sources of worldwide data on natural catastrophes, to analyze impacts of extreme weather events, particularly in terms of fatalities and economic losses. Germanwatch examined both absolute and relative impacts to create an average ranking of countries. The CRI does not provide an all-encompassing analysis of the risks of anthropogenic climate change, but according to its authors, should be seen as just one analysis explaining countries’ exposure and vulnerability to climate-related risks.