Over the past 50 years, more than 11,000 disasters have been attributed to weather, climate, and water-related hazards, involving 2 million deaths and US$ 3.6 trillion in economic losses. While the average number of deaths recorded for each disaster has fallen by a third during this period, the number of recorded disasters has increased five times and the economic losses have increased by a factor of seven, according to a new multi-agency report.
Extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity, and severity as a result of climate change and hit vulnerable communities disproportionately hard. Yet one in three people is still not adequately covered by early warning systems, according to the 2020 State of Climate Services report released on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October.
In this backdrop, Balochistan Voices has launched its Climate Change section to highlight the pressing issues related to this topic in Pakistan.
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