The tropical Island Sri Lanka and the Maldives are both very exposed to natural hazards such as cyclones and coastal floodings. A strong trend towards urbanization can be observed in both countries. From an economic point of view, this can bring advantages, also for the living conditions of the population. The problem, however, is that agglomeration requires the rapid creation of living space. Those buildings are constructed rather provisionally than well engineered, which makes them very vulnerable to natural hazards. Furthermore, it can be expected that the frequency of these events will increase in the future due to climate change, so that building regulation frameworks become even more important.
You can find the research summary for Sri Lanka here and for the Maldives here.