News in Brief 1 June 2021
- 90% are going hungry in Tigray, warns WFP
- UNHCR urges great support for equitable COVID vaccines
- Warmer temperatures soon as La Niña ends: WMO
Deadly storms in India and record temperatures in Pakistan are an indication that more extreme weather events are happening globally owing to climate change, United Nations weather experts said on Friday.
A bigger insurance “safety net” for farmers at risk of losing everything in a natural disaster is being extended by the World Food Programme (WFP).
Greg Barrow, head of WFP’s London office, said it was hoped that governments of countries most affected by adverse weather conditions, would step in to underwrite disaster insurance that could provide security to vulnerable farmers across the world.
More than eight million Ethiopians need food aid following crop failures brought on by the climatic phenomenon known as El Niño.
The changing weather conditions caused by El Niño have led to reduced rainfall in large parts of Africa with Ethiopia being hit hard, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).
The UN agency says the country had already suffered erratic rains earlier this year which resulted in near total crop failure as well as high levels of livestock deaths among pastoral communities.