Climate change root of natural disasters

Surge in natural disasters takes heavy human and economic toll - UN

Sharp rise in natural disasters in last 20 years, Asia hardest hit, UN says

In his message for the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, he highlighted that many countries are now facing multiple crises simultaneously and such trend will continue in the future.

"But the odds continue to be stacked against them, in particular by industrial nations that are failing miserably on reducing greenhouse gas emissions", said Mami Mizutori, UNDRR chief, and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. "Disaster risk is becoming systemic with one event overlapping and influencing another in ways that are testing our resilience to the limit", Mizutori added. This is a dramatic increase on the 1980-1999 period, in which 4,212 disaster events were recorded, claiming approximately 1.19 million lives and affecting 3.25 billion people.

Over that two-decade period, there were 7,348 major disaster events recorded, which claimed 1.23 million lives and affected some 4.2 billion people, at a cost of US$2.97 trillion in global economic losses.

According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction(UNDRR) report, 7,348 recorded disasters occurred around the world in the last two decades. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.

Despite warnings from experts and UN agencies, "almost all nations" have not done enough to prevent death and illness caused by the pandemic.

The main driver of this increase is climate change, the United Nations agency said.

Professor Debarati Guha-Sapir, Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, University of Louvain, Belgium, said "This report covers the first twenty years of this century and does not include biological hazards like COVID-19 but it clearly highlights the level of human suffering and economic loss that result from failure to adapt to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions".

The OCD is the implementing arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a government body mandated to supervise its DRR policies. "We are deliberately destructive".

Calling upon people at all levels and sectors to engage in works of facing up to the natural disasters, PM Oli expressed the commitment to working together with national and global organisations for disaster risk reduction and facing the disasters.

The statement said that Pakistan launched its renewed "National Disaster Response Plan 2019" with a view to improving the level of preparedness and strengthening the capacity of the Country to respond.

The body calls on governments to take urgent action on delivering reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 7.2% in the next ten years as the world is now on course for a temperature increase of 3.2˚C or more.

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