Climate change: Extreme weather causes huge losses in 2020

The world continued to pay a very high price for extreme weather in 2020, a report from charity Christian Aid said.

Against a climate change backdrop, its study lists 10 events that saw thousands of lives lost and major insurance costs.

Six of the events took place in Asia, with floods in China and India causing damages of over 40 billion dollars. In the US, record hurricanes and wildfires caused some 60 billion dollars in losses.

While the world has been struggling to get to grips with the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people have also had to cope with the impacts of extreme weather events.

Christian Aid’s list of ten storms, floods and fires all cost at least 1.5 billion dollars – with nine of the 10 costing at least 5 billion dollars.

An unusually rainy monsoon season was associated with some of the most damaging storms in Asia, where some of the biggest losses were. Heavy flooding in India saw over 2,000 deaths with millions displaced from their homes.

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