Original title: Inventory of the economic losses caused by the top ten weather disasters in 2021 over 170 billion U.S. dollars Source: Chinanews.com
According to comprehensive reports, recent survey data released by a British non-governmental organization showed that the top ten most “expensive” weather disasters in 2021 caused more than US$170 billion in economic losses, an increase of US$20 billion from 2020.
According to Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao website, the British “Christian Aid” (Christian Aid) calculates the cost of weather events such as floods, fires and heat waves based on insurance claims and reports its findings every year.
According to data released by the organization on the 27th, the top ten global weather disasters in 2020 caused 150 billion U.S. dollars in economic losses, and the losses suffered in this regard in 2021 increased by 13% compared with 2020.
The organization said that the rising trend of weather disaster losses reflects the impact of “man-made climate change” on people, and pointed out that the top ten weather disasters in 2021 also caused at least 1,075 people to die and 1.3 million people to be displaced.
Specifically, the most “expensive” weather disaster in 2021 is Hurricane Ida. The wind disaster that occurred in August made landfall in Louisiana, the United States, and approached all the way north, not only to New York City and surrounding areas. Bringing large-scale flooding also brought about 65 billion U.S. dollars in economic losses to the eastern United States.
Following Hurricane Ida is the deadly flood in Europe in July, causing economic losses of 43 billion U.S. dollars.
In addition, South Sudan was hit by floods, forcing nearly 1 million people to leave their homes, while East Africa was hit by drought and so on.
“The cost of climate change this year is very high,” said the person in charge of the organization’s climate policy. The organization also warned that various incidents have highlighted the “unfairness” under the climate crisis and that such incidents will continue to occur without specific actions to reduce emissions.