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Report: Drought and floods plunge 27 million children into hunger in 2022

Extreme weather events plunged more than 27 million children into acute food insecurity in 2022, in 12 of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, the NGO Save the Children announced on Tuesday.

Save the Children reported that in 2022, over 27 million children in 12 climate-vulnerable countries experienced severe food insecurity due to extreme weather events.

This represents a 135% increase compared to 2021. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) data revealed that children accounted for almost half of the 57 million people facing food crises in these countries, which were affected by droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events.

Ethiopia and Somalia were particularly impacted, with almost half of the 27 million children suffering from food insecurity residing in these countries. Save the Children emphasized the urgent need for action against climate change at the upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP 28) in Dubai.

They also called for addressing other factors contributing to food insecurity, including conflict prevention and strengthening health systems.

The NGO highlighted specific examples of the devastating consequences of extreme weather events, such as severe flooding displacing 650,000 people in Somalia and over two million children suffering from malnutrition in flooded areas of Pakistan.

Globally, Save the Children estimates that one in three children (774 million) lives in poverty while being exposed to extreme weather events.

Additionally, a recent report by the organization projected that by 2023, 17.6 million children will have experienced hunger from birth.

Extreme weather events plunged more than 27 million children into acute food insecurity in 2022, in 12 of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, the NGO Save the Children announced on Tuesday.

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