Many of you out there are keen travelers and have your respective bucket lists ready for those upcoming holidays. But a very wise man once said that the world out there is not all sunshine and rainbows. So when you pack your bags and start your world tour, just watch out for these places if your life is dear to you.
This, among a number of other countries in Central America get hit by a series of natural disasters including hurricanes, mudslides, and earthquakes. In 1976, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed more than twenty three thousand people in Guatemala alone. And again in 2005, the remnants of hurricane Stan caused over nine-hundred mudslides in the area, swallowing entire villages and everyone who lived there, erasing them from the face of the earth.
This city has had endless problems with militants, particularly the Al Shabaab, who at one point controlled most of the city. For a number of years the United States wouldn’t even consider entering into relations with the whole country, but it’s only recently that advisors were sent in the city of Mogadishu to assist the locals in rebelling against the militants. Travel to these regions is still risky though.
A disaster waiting to happen. Twelve million residents living in Istanbul, live at the North Anatolian Fault, also known as earthquake central. In 1999 a 7.6 magnitude earthquake decimated the city of Esmod, with the estimated death toll exceeding forty thousand. In a 2010 study, Nature Geosciences discovered that the tensions along the Fault are building with a magnitude 7 or above earthquake expected in the next twenty five years exceeding a thirty to sixty percent chance of happening.
This city is one of the most notorious for drug related crimes, especially when it comes to cocaine smuggling in the United States. Drug Cartels of the area are under the thumb with fire fights common in the streets and violence everywhere. The crime got so bad that Law Enforcement actually had to enact operation Chihuahua to conduct anti-drug operations which, if the reports are to be believed, has seen a positive reduction in crime.
Java and Sumatra, Indonesia
Natural disasters are incredibly common here, including floods droughts, earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes and Tsunami. One particular Tsunami in 2004 killed over two hundred and twenty seven thousand people, following a magnitude 9.1 earthquake which caused an enormous wave to hit the shore. For the last one hundred years there have been droughts, volcano eruptions and earthquakes galore. A risky place if you decide to live there.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
This city is simply known everywhere as the murder capital of the world. This is one of the most violent cities on earth. The homicide rate exceeds a hundred and sixty seven people per one hundred thousand with arms trafficking and illegal firearms everywhere. Some blame the deportation of Los Angeles gangs from the 1990’s, including Malvasa Trusha, and the 18th street gang as the major cause of this violence.
You might be having second thoughts about fulfilling your wanderlust, but don’t worry, just take the advice of someone experienced before going out on such explorations by your own.