There were 2019 natural disasters in 308, 77 percent of which were climate-related, according to the 2020 World Catastrophe Report published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva on Tuesday and on which the “Tagesspiegel” (Tuesday edition) reports. 97,6 million people were affected by natural disasters such as storms, heat waves and floods in 2019, and 24.396 people died.
"In the long term, climate change is a bigger challenge than the coronavirus pandemic," said Christian Reuter, Secretary General of the German Red Cross, the "Tagesspiegel". The world community urgently needs to act to stop global warming. In the past ten years, climate-related natural disasters have left more than 410.000 dead, the vast majority of them in poor countries. The number of extreme weather events has increased by 90 percent since the 35s.