Slovenia lies at the junction of the Alps, the Pannonian Plain, the Dinaric-Karst area and the Mediterranean. The Karst covers around 9,000 km2, or 44% of the total area of the country. All these regional environmental systems provide Slovenia with an exceptionally diverse landscape and with breathtaking natural beauty, as well as a great number of natural disasters. The price that Slovenia has to pay every year for summer storms, heavy floods, sleet, landslides and other natural disasters amounts, on average, to more than 2% of GDP. There have been years, however, when the damage caused by disasters has been significantly greater. In 1990, for example, flood damage alone accounted for over one-fifth of GDP. Economic development has led to increasingly frequent and violent interventions in the natural environment (e.g. the construction of industrial plants, nuclear facilities, large water reservoirs, chemical runoff into the environment, and rapidly increasing levels of traffic), which have also brought about new threats of man-made disasters.
DISASTERS THAT CAN OCCUR IN SLOVENIA:
EARTHQUAKES, LANDSLIDES, SUBSIDENCE, ROCKFALLS, STORMS, DROUGHT, FROST, SLEET, HAIL, HEAVY SNOWFALL, AVALANCHES,
FLOODS, EROSION, EPIDEMICS, EPIZOOTICS, EPIPHYTOTICS, FIRES IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, FIRES IN BUILDINGS, ACCIDENTS INVOLVING HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES,
, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, MINING ACCIDENTS, THE UNEXPECTED MIGRATION OF PEOPLE, WAR, TERRORISM AND OTHER FORMS OF MASS VIOLENCE