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UN updates drought list: Pakistan among 23 drought-hit countries

Pakistan is one of 23 countries that have experienced drought in the last two years, according to the UN’s ‘Global Land Outlook’ study (2020-2022) and now declared as drought hit.

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) produced a report ahead of World Drought Day (June 17) that lists the highest overall number of people affected by drought in the last century.

Afghanistan, Angola, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, and Zambia are among the 23 countries named in the report.

Humanity has never faced such a varied spectrum of known and unknown risks and hazards while interacting in a hyper-connected and rapidly changing environment, according to the research.

According to the paper, by 2050, an extra 4 million square kilometers of natural regions, almost the size of India and Pakistan, will require drought restoration strategies.

According to the analysis, up to 40% of the planet’s land has been damaged, affecting half of mankind and threatening roughly half of the global GDP worth USD 44 trillion.



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