2 Million People Lost their lives in 50 years due to Bad Weather Conditions: UN Agency

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Early Warning Systems have helped reduce deaths associated with Climate: Report

Deaths due to Bad Weather Conditions

In the last 50 years, nearly 12,000 severe weather-related disasters have occurred worldwide, resulting in over 2 million deaths and economic losses of $4.3 trillion. The United Nations meteorological agency World Meteorological Organization (WMO) gave this information on Monday.

The World Meteorological Organization has released these figures at a time when the congress meeting of its member countries, held once in four years, has been commenced. It was emphasized in the meeting that further efforts are needed to improve the warning system for adverse weather conditions by 2027.

WMO says early warning systems have helped reduce deaths associated with climate and other weather-related disasters. According to the WMO, between 1970 and 2021, the Americas caused the most economic losses due to adverse weather conditions. These conditions caused a total of $1700 billion damage in the United States, while 9 out of 10 deaths worldwide occurred in developing countries.

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said Cyclone 'Mocha', which hit Myanmar and Bangladesh this month, showed how "the most vulnerable people face weather, climate and water-related hazards".

"Hundreds and thousands of people have died in Myanmar and Bangladesh due to severe weather disasters in the past. Thanks to early warnings and disaster management, these dire statistics are now history. Early warning systems save lives,"said Petteri Taalas.