Tunisia ranks 136th in Climate Risk Index
04/12/2018 11:39, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP special correspondent Mariem Khadraoui) -Tunisia ranked 136th out of more than 180 countries in terms of climate risks, according to the Global Climate Risk Index 2019, published by the German Watch Organisation in Kaotowice, Poland, on the fringes of the Climate Summit (COP 24).

The average economic loss in Tunisia related to these risks is estimated at $66.040 million (Tunisia ranks 96th).

According to the report, Tunisia is better positioned than many others, including island states and poor countries, affected by the increased intensity of storms. The average loss in terms of growth points (GDP) is estimated at 0.071 and the country is ranked 116th for this component.

Indeed, since 1997, more than 520,000 people have been killed in more than 11,000 extreme weather events, according to the index. Economic damage amounted to about $3,16 trillion.

A number of developing countries already regularly face weather disasters, especially poorer countries such as Haiti, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, which face major challenges, concludes the organisation's report presented on Tuesday.

"Recent storms of unprecedented intensity have had disastrous effects on island states," German Watch said, adding that "in 2016, Haity was hit by the most violent hurricane in more than 50 years and Fiji by the most violent cyclone ever recorded on the island. This is why Haiti ranks first in the 2016 Most Affected Countries Index."

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