Red weather warning for Mozambique

2011-11-29 21:51

Durban - Mozambique is the only African state shown in red on a world map of countries most affected by extreme weather.

The map was released at the United Nations climate change conference in Durban on Tuesday.

Drawn by Germanwatch, it forms part of the seventh edition of the Bonn-based non-governmental organisation’s Global Climate Risk Index (GCRI).

The red colour indicates South Africa’s northeast neighbour was among the top 20 countries affected by extreme weather - including events such as flooding, drought, heat waves and severe storms - from 1991 to 2010.

A table in the index ranks Mozambique 19th in the world when it comes to the death and losses - relative to its population size and its GDP - that it has suffered as a result of this.

It shows the country suffered 50 extreme weather events, which cost it 1 745 lives and $96m losses over the two decades.

Over the same period, South Africa was struck by 307 such events, at a cost of 1 216 lives and $242m in losses.

The index looks at only the direct impact of the weather events, and not the often much stronger indirect impact.

It also contains a section on the impact of climate change on African countries, which notes the continent is particularly vulnerable, although most of them score low on the GCRI.

"In the African regions, indirect impacts like food scarcity as consequence of droughts often cause the most severe consequences which cannot be considered with sufficient reliability in the data that provide the basis for the climate risk index," it states.

According to the index, the three countries most affected by severe weather between 1991 and last year were Bangladesh, Myanmar and Honduras.

All of the top 10 were developing countries.

  • JamesBotha1 - 2011-11-30 06:22

    Just wondering if this is some judgement form a higher Hand that say I did not forget what had happened and your people did not repent from your evil deeds, against all the innocent blood that flow of many people a few decades ago.

      Sharon - 2011-11-30 06:45

      Surely the almighty has more deserving people to punish, like rapists, violent criminals, and murderers in jail and at large, banksters, corrupt officials etc. Why punish peasants and rural folk trying to eek out a life on meagre or non existent earnings. How pious, uncaring, and bigoted your religious belief is.

      Vicker - 2011-11-30 08:01

      IN that case I hope the ANC is next in line...

      Robert - 2011-11-30 08:42

      Just shows you how cruel and evil your imaginary friend is. He creates people broken, commands them to be well, and if they can't he finds ways to torture them in life and in death. But he loves them. Worshipping such a thing is sick! Luckily, like Santa, he does not exist! Grow up!

      Lila - 2011-11-30 12:43

      Matthew 5:45 "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." We were given free will.

      Robert - 2011-11-30 13:56

      @LilaHearst. How can you be GIVEN free will? It is a contradiction in terms you poor brainwashed person. Besides, according to the bible, you do not have free will. Look at: Jeremiah 10:23 Rom.8:29-30 Rom.9:11-22 etc etc. Friendly warning: If you want to defend your belief in the big dictator in the sky, don't use the bible. It teems with contradictions, lies, cruelty and immoral commands. The best way to turn a christian into an atheist is to have them read the bible.

      Sharon - 2011-11-30 14:43

      @LilaHearst. Is there free will, yes we've been given it. (theists). Yes we have free will, we have no choice, (atheist and ironic). I agree with Robert, it's amusing how many theists haven't read the bible for if they had they would be revolted by what they read. For the The warrant for rape, slavery, genocide, homophobia, paedophilia, look no further than the bible, oh and lets not forget that women are no better than mere chattel, and why is it that every christian monotheist breaks the second commandment all the time and note the punishment for the contravention of this commandment, nice guy huh this celestial dictator. "You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I The Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and keep My Commandments." @Lilahearst please read and engage your brain when dealing with mans first attempt at a handbook for life and a poor one at that. The bible is nothing more than man Middle Eastern man's first attempt at law, philosophy, agricultural techniques, etc, oh and the bible has been edited and re-edited several times throughout its history to tailor it to the "churches" dogma of the day.

  • Larry - 2011-11-30 08:29

    This article does not tell the full story. Most of the deaths were caused by locals setting up home in flood prone River delta's. They have repeatedly been warned of the danger, but the Rich delta soil draws them back. It has nothing to do with Global warming and more to do with the annual Wet season that causes rivers like the Zambezi to flood. Its a natural occurrence and would cause big problems if it did not happen.

      Craig - 2011-11-30 11:11

      Totally agree, if you must continue to live on the flood plain you must take the consequence, the government and NGO/Aid agencies must also take most of the blame for allowing the people back into dangerous areas and also for spending more on fancy german motor vehicles and fancy homes than on agriculture and the repair and maintenance of dykes, roads, bridges and drainage.

  • Warren - 2011-11-30 12:59

    the earth was once covered by water, apparently the glaciers are just melting and doing wat was done a couple of million years ago...its a process. This global warming issue is just out there to make money. the water has always been here and the weather does undergo transformations just as everything else does here on earth.

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