Climate-related extreme weather events and COVID-19: A first look at the number of people affected by intersecting disasters

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis which intersects with the global climate emergency. Climate change has not stopped in the midst of the pandemic’s global spread. In fact, COVID-19 is directly affecting and increasing the needs of persons affected by climate-related disasters. People in the path of extreme weather events are currently faced with overlapping disasters with compounding effects. Of course not all climate-related disasters have a direct link with climate change. However, it is unequivocal that due to global warming we are facing a more volatile climate with more weather extremes. This paper, produced in partnership with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, aims to provide a preliminary analysis of the number of people jointly affected by COVID-19 and climate-related disasters – demonstrating the multilayered nature of these crises and highlighting the compounded vulnerability faced by communities.

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