Over 100 million people in Africa threatened by climate change: UN

Township residents collect water from a municipal water tanker in drought-stricken Graaff-Reinet, South Africa [File: Reuters

A UN report says more than 100 million extremely poor people in Africa are threatened by accelerating climate change that could also melt away the continent’s few glaciers within two decades.

The report released Tuesday, ahead of the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, highlighted Africa’s disproportionate vulnerability from food insecurity, poverty, and population displacement in 2020.

Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for rural economy and agriculture at the African Union Commission said by 2030, it is estimated that up to 118 million extremely poor people will be exposed to drought, floods, and extreme heat in Africa, unless adequate response measures are put in place.

Abdullahi Hassan completes the story.

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