‘Effects of climate change high in Asia’

Extreme weather events bound to affect food security, ecosystems

Reuters July 28, 2023
A woman taking refuge is seen with her belongings, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Sohbatpur, Pakistan August 29, 2022. REUTERS/Amer Hussain


Extreme weather events ranging from droughts to large-scale floods and other effects of climate change are on the rise in Asia and bound to affect food security and the continent’s ecosystems, the World Meteorological Organisation said.

In a report published on Thursday, WMO said Asia was the world’s most disaster-impacted region, with 81 weather, climate and water-related disasters recorded last year, the majority of which were floods and storms.

It said these calamities had directly affected more than 50 million people and caused more than 5,000 deaths.

These included floods from record monsoon rains in Pakistan and glacial melt that killed more than 1,500 people, inundating swathes of the country and washing away homes and transportation infrastructure.

China, in turn, suffered drought, which affected the power supply and the availability of water.

The WMO report also highlighted that most glaciers in the High-Mountain Asia region had loss significant mass as a result of warm and dry conditions in 2022.

“This will have major implications for future food and water security and ecosystems,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2023.

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