A surge of the coronavirus made it difficult for the authorities to tackle disasters caused by extreme weather events that could result from climate change, with almost 140 million people affected in severe storms, floods and heatwaves worldwide, an aid agency said.

Nearly half of these people live in Asia-Pacific countries, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a report this week.

“Recovery from disasters is so much harder when livelihoods have been hit hard by COVID-19 and the measures taken to contain it,”Maarten Van Aalst

‘The recovery from disasters is so much harder when it’ s been hit very hard by Covid-19 and the measures that are in place to reduce it,’ said Maarten Van Aalst, Red Cross climate centre director and author of the report.

One example of the extra strain Covid-19 imposes on those responding to disasters was the need for some form of shelter in emergencies caused by storms, the Red Cross said in the report.


International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is a worldwide humanitarian aid organization that reaches 160 million people each year through its 192-member National Societies. (wikipedia)


International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement with approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide, (wikipedia)


Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the world’s largest group of non-governmental organizations working on humanitarian aid, (wikipedia)

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International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross is a humanitarian organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, and a three-time Nobel Prize Laureate. (wikipedia)


Italian Red Cross

The Italian Red Cross is the Italian national Red Cross society. The Italian Red Cross was one of the original founding members of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1919. (wikipedia)