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CLIMATE CHANGE: In the Arab world, building fridges to live in an oven | IRIN Middle East

DOHA, 5 December 2012 (IRIN) – In the last three decades, 50 million people in the Arab world have been affected by natural disasters, many of them extreme climate events, according to a new report by the World Bank. The report projects the horrific scenario of temperatures regularly rising over 50 degrees Celsius by the turn of the century, which experts fear could lead to countless more disasters.

Flash floods in different parts of Egypt caused extensive damage to homes © IRIN

Flash floods in different parts of Egypt caused extensive damage to homes
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The disasters of the last three decades have cost at least US$12 billion, according to the report. “This number does not really account for other enormous losses which unfold over a period of time,” said Junaid Kamal Ahmad, the World Bank’s sustainable development head.

And even this could be a gross underestimate. “The costs of damages are reported for only 17 percent of disasters and rarely capture the suffering that follows the loss of lives and livelihoods,” Ahmad said.

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