An Afghan man looks for his belongings after a heavy flood in the Charikar city of Parwan province, Afghanistan, August 26, 2020 | Photo: EPA/JAWAD JALALI
An Afghan man looks for his belongings after a heavy flood in the Charikar city of Parwan province, Afghanistan, August 26, 2020 | Photo: EPA/JAWAD JALALI

The UN refugee agency UNHCR has launched a new data visualization showing how climate change is contributing to drive new displacement and increase the vulnerability of those already forced to flee.

To mark Earth Day on April 22, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) released a new data visualization titled "Displaced on the frontlines of the climate emergency".

It shows how "the climate emergency is converging with other threats to drive new displacement and increase the vulnerability of those already forced to flee," the organization said in a statement.

Climate disasters worsen poverty, insecurity

The statement said data visualization showed how disasters linked to climate change may worsen poverty, food insecurity and access to natural resources in ways that can stoke instability and violence.

The impact of climate change is felt worldwide, but countries already dealing with conflict, poverty and high levels of displacement are confronting the most serious consequences.

The data visualization looks at the example of Afghanistan where recurring droughts and floods combined with decades of conflict and displacement have left millions of people vulnerable to hunger this year, UNHCR said.

Some of the worst episodes of violence and displacement in Burkina Faso occurred in the poorest areas that were most affected by draught.

Mozambique is experiencing a similar confluence of conflict and multiple disasters with one cyclone after another battering the country's central region while increasing violence and turmoil to the north displaces hundreds of thousands of people.

In Bangladesh, more than 870,000 Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar are now exposed to increasingly frequent and intense cyclones and flooding, the organization said.

Aim to reduce risks for refugees, displaced

UNHCR said it is working to reduce the risks extreme weather events pose for refugees and internally displaced people.

The agency asked states to urgently and collectively step up their action to combat climate change and mitigate its consequences on hundreds of millions of people around the world.

It also urged states to increase protection and assistance to people displaced by disasters and the effects of climate change.

 

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