Report: Extreme weather’s toll is millions of deaths, trillions in damage
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The World Meteorological Organization released an updated report this morning on the toll extreme weather has taken on the world.
According to the report — from 19-70 to 20-21 — extreme weather — climate and water-related events have killed more than 2 million people and caused 4-point-3 trillion dollars in damage.
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In a statement — the W-M-O said the economic losses from extreme weather quote “have soared.”
However — “improved early warnings and coordinated disaster management” have led to fewer deaths.
According to the report — over 90% of deaths happened in developing countries.
The W-M-O statement touched on Cyclone Mocha — which devastated communities in Myanmar and Bangladesh earlier this month.
Talking about Mocha — the W-M-O’s Secretary-General said quote “It caused widespread devastation in Myanmar and Bangladesh, impacting the poorest of the poor. In the past, both Myanmar and Bangladesh suffered death tolls of tens and even hundreds of thousands of people.”