Giving Compass’ Take:
• The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) indicate that more than 50 million individuals around the world are experiencing the severe impacts of intersecting crises.
• The majority of individuals experiencing hardships due to weather-related climate disasters and economic crises are located in the Asia-Pacific region. How can donors help target support to these people?
• Here is a vetted list of COVID-19 response and relief funds.
Over 50 million people around the world have simultaneously suffered from COVID-19 and climate-related weather disasters like floods, droughts, extreme heat, and storms, a confronting report has unveiled.
Findings released Thursday by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) show that of the 132 recorded weather-related calamities this year, 92 have coincided with the complex health and socio-economic challenges presented by the pandemic.
Over 3,000 people have been killed by the overlapping crises.
Red Cross Adviser Julie Arrighi said COVID-19 is also delaying recovery efforts for those affected by weather events.
Arrighi explained the pandemic is complicating efforts to move people to safe spaces, hindering attempts to disperse food and recovery equipment, disrupting global supply chains, and increasing the need for financial humanitarian aid when many countries are facing recessions for the first time in decades.
“While not all climate-related disasters have a direct link with climate change, it is unequivocal that due to global warming we are facing a more volatile climate with more weather extremes,” Arrighi said in a statement. “COVID-19 has exposed our vulnerabilities like never before and, as our preliminary analysis shows, compounded suffering for millions of people affected by climate-related disasters.”
The vast majority, around 80%, of individuals hit by the intersecting disasters live in the Asia-Pacific region.
Between July and September, extreme heat events impacted over 145 million people throughout East Asia and the Pacific, while storms in Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka in May affected 15 million individuals.
“These new figures confirm what we already knew from our dedicated volunteers on the frontlines: the climate crisis has not stopped for COVID-19, and millions of people have suffered from the two crises colliding,” IFRC President Francesco Rocca explained.
Read the full article about intersecting disasters by Madeleine Keck at Global Citizen.
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