by Richard Diaz
Global weather conditions associated with El Niño are posing a serious threat to millions of vulnerable people, particularly in rural communities. This blog series looks at the effects of El Niño-influenced weather disruptions in various parts of the world – and how your support of LWR is helping.
Global weather conditions associated with El Niño are posing a serious threat to millions of vulnerable people, particularly in rural communities, with scarce rainfall devastating crops and causing water shortages in some regions, while other parts of the world are seeing flooding caused by above-average precipitation. It is now evident that this current El Niño equals or exceeds the intensity of the previous occurrence in 1997.
On a global scale, extreme drought conditions and acute water shortages have affected more than 60 million people, including an estimated 4.2 million people in Central America, 30 million people in East and Southern Africa and 4.7 million people in the South West Pacific region. In the Horn of Africa, the situation in Ethiopia alone has drawn considerable attention from the international community, as some 10.2 million people are currently in need of emergency food assistance.
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