UN warns that droughts and water scarcity might be next pandemic

Mami Mizutori, the UN special representative for disaster risk reduction, said: “Drought could become the next pandemic, and there is no vaccine to prevent it”. Droughts affected over 1.5 billion people and have caused over $124 billion in economic losses. In addition, a warming world will increase the probability of droughts and scarcity of water, causing damage equivalent to the Covid-19 pandemic

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Moreover, rising global temperatures will increase the risks of droughts and water scarcity, causing damage comparable to the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, a report revealed droughts have increased in western Africa and southern Europe due to global warming. In the meantime, unless a solution is found, the number of victims will increase dramatically. UN suggests that 130 countries may experience more droughts this century.

Source: Reuters