The compound impact of extreme weather events and COVID-19

From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic until August 2021, extreme weather events affected at least 139.2 million people and killed at least 17,242 people in at least 433 unique events. These figures are certainly an underestimate, as they do not include estimates of numbers of people affected by extreme temperatures, or mortality during drought events. 

This research, commissioned by the IFRC and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, offers a preliminary analysis of the compound impacts of extreme weather events and COVID-19. It follows a first scan of these overlapping impacts conducted in September 2020, available to read here.

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