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South Sudan: Among countries most struck by extreme weather

Source(s):  EastAfrican, the - Nation Media Group Limited

By Pauline Kairu

  • Floods damaged 74,000 hectares of cultivated land amounting to a loss of over 70,000 tonnes of cereal.
  • Then, bush fires fanned by gusty winds intensified in May that year gutting four villages and killing dozens, and injuring hundreds more in the Western Bahr el Ghazal region


The country required $61.5 million to respond to immediate flood-induced damage that affected over 900,000 people; 620,000 of whom required immediate humanitarian assistance.


The Climate Risk Index (CRI), developed by think tank Germanwatch, quantified impacts of extreme weather-related loss events in 2019 and long term between 2000-2019. The index shows that over 475,000 people lost their lives as a direct result of more than 11,000 extreme weather events globally and losses amounted to around $2.56 trillion.


The catastrophes were the result of storms and their direct implications — precipitation, floods and landslides as well as droughts and wildfires.


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  • Publication date 24 Feb 2021

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