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10 cities most threatened by natural disasters; Kolkata ranks 7

October 29, 2014 09:31 IST

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First the Kashmir floods and then cyclone Hudhud in Visakhapatnam; India recently witnessed the fury of nature. But this is nothing. According to a recent research, Kolkata can see even bigger natural calamity, where about 1.8 crore lives can get affected.

And it’s not just India alone, Swiss Re, an insurance company, has come up with list of cities that can witness a large scale natural disaster. Let’s look at them.

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Image: A general view of the shrine of Imam Khomeini. Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters

Rank: 10

Country: Iran

No of people at risk: 15.6 million

Los Angeles

Image: Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Photograph: Phil McCarten/Reuters

Rank: 9

Country: US

No of people at risk: 16.4 million


Image: A Chinese man wearing a colourful traditional attire near a tourist shopping district in Shanghai . Photograph: Claro Cortes/Reuters

Rank: 8

Country: China

No of people at risk: 16.7 million


Image: A Hindu devotee prays on the bank of the Ganges river against the backdrop of Howrah Bridge. Photograph: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

Rank: 7

Country: India

No of people at risk: 17.9 million


Image: Nagakute area in Nagoya. Photograph: Reuters

Rank: 6

Country: Japan

No of people at risk: 22.9 million


Image: An aerial view of Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta. Photograph: Reuters

Rank: 5

Country: Indonesia

No of people at risk: 27.7 million


Image: Osaka Castle. Photograph: GFDL/Wikimedia Commons

Rank: 4

Country: Japan

No of people at risk: 32.1 million

Pearl-River Delta

Image: The pearl river. Photograph: Daniel Berthold/Wikimedia Commons

Rank: 3

Country: China

No of people at risk: 34.5 million


Image: Performers at the Aliwan festival take part in a parade in Manila. Photograph: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters

Rank: 2

Country: Philippines

No of people at risk: 34.6 million


Image: Tokyo skyline. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

Rank: 1

Country: Japan

No of people at risk: 57.1 million

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