U.K.’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) says 325 Million People to be at risk due to Natural Disasters by 2030

U.K.’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) says 325 Million People to be at risk due to Natural Disasters by 2030

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The Geography of Poverty, Disasters and Climate Extremes in 2030, a report published last year by the U.K.’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) stated that by 2030 an average population of 325 million people will adversely be affected due to weather conditions that might cause disasters and poverty in many regions of the world.

The problem is expected to generate more in developed countries as their concern seems to be ignored and as stated in the report “if aid is not used to reduce these risks, the progress made in fighting poverty could disappear. Developed countries haven’t recognised the role that these severe weather events have in keeping people poor.”

 The report prefigured that in next 20 years, up to a third of a billion people living in the 49 countries could be most exposed to the full range of natural hazards and climate extremes. In sub-Saharan Africa 118 million people in poverty will face extreme events. The big weather issues that will face most poor people are drought, extreme rainfall and flooding.

The report listed the 11 countries most at risk of disaster-reduced poverty: Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

This ODI report also highlighted a call to overcome such a problem and urged countries to look at the issue seriously and to recognise the threat as Extreme weather linked to climate change is increasing and will more than likely be causing more disasters.

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