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Climate disasters have caused up to 410,000 deaths since 2010


Two men amid the devastation of a hurricane in the Bahamas.

Two men amid the devastation of a hurricane in the Bahamas.
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Climate change-related disasters caused more than 410,000 deaths in the past decade and they affected 1.7 billion people, warns a report presented this Tuesday by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) that also warns of a increase in these catastrophes in the last 30 years.

Since the 1990s, these types of disasters linked to global warming have increased by about 35 percent every decade, underlines the report, which also shows a gap between financing to mitigate climate change and the type of countries that receive it.

According to the study, neither the five countries most vulnerable to these types of disasters are among the largest beneficiaries of funding, nor are the five nations that receive the most adaptation funds per capita are in a particularly fragile situation in the face of global warming.

For example, Somalia, the country considered most vulnerable to climate change, It ranks 63rd in terms of funding commitments, and nations in a similar situation such as the Central African Republic or North Korea have received nothing, the report denounces.

IFRC called for the protection of these communities, which now also have to face the great impact of covid-19 in their territories.

During the six months between March 2020 – when the pandemic was declared – and the completion of the report, around a hundred climate disasters they affected more than 50 million people.

“The work against climate change cannot remain in the background while we fight the pandemic. Both crises must be managed at the same time,” said IFRC Secretary General Jagan Chapagain when presenting the report, noting that ” It would not be smart “to think that climate change is less important than the covid-19 emergency.

IFRC proposes that the stimulus packages that are being designed around the world to get out of the COVID-19 crisis should include a recovery that protects people and the planet, in order to avoid risks in the future.

“We want to Today’s solutions don’t become tomorrow’s problems“, Chapagain commented on the matter.

The organization called on governments, donors and the humanitarian, environmental, climate and development sectors to give priority to supporting the people, communities and countries that are most at risk.

“Investing in resilience in the most vulnerable places is more efficient than continuing to bear the continued increases in the cost of humanitarian responses and contributes to a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for all,” concluded Chapagain.


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