According to United Nation, Philippines is the 3rd country that is most vulnerable to disaster risk. Rank was based on the risk score or can be translated to hazardous exposure such as storm and flood, earthquakes, drought and sea level rise; its vulnerability and susceptibility; and its coping and adaptive capacities.
This is for the record of The World Risk Index 2011, developed by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security in Germany, which include 173 countries.
The Philippines has an average of 20 tropical cyclones each year. Out of 20, usually 6 to 9 typhoons make a landfall. September to October is the most active month for tropical cyclones in the Philippines. One of the worst typhoon is Ondoy (Ketsana) which hit the NCR and the Calabarzon last September 26 2009 with a total of 11.121 Billion Pesos damage and claimed 464 lives.
World Risk Index recorded Vanuatu Island and the Kingdom of Tonga, which are both located in the South Pacific Ocean, as the top 2 countries exposed to disaster risk this year ahead of the Philippines, while the least is Qatar in the Middle East.