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04 Dec 2008 description
report British Red Cross

This year has seen hundreds of weather-related catastrophes, including the cyclone in Myanmar, floods in India, hurricanes in the Caribbean and drought in Ethiopia.

As climate change means a dramatic rise in the numbers of people being affected by natural disasters, humanitarian organisations need to get serious about responding to our rapidly warming world.

According to the UN, in the last two decades the number of recorded disasters across the world has doubled to over 400 per year, with nine out of ten now weather-related.