Tue. Jan 19th, 2021

The United Nations on Tuesday said it needs around $35 billion to meet global humanitarian needs, which includes more people who have been affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Mark Lowcock, emergency relief coordinator for the UN Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, also said “multiple” famines are looming around the world as a result of the Covid-19 health crisis.

UNOCHA said a record 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, an almost 40-percent increase over 2020. That number is driven “almost entirely from Covid-19,” Lowcock said in a statement.

“The picture we are presenting is the bleakest and darkest perspective on humanitarian needs in the period ahead that we have ever set out,” he said. “That is a reflection of the fact that the Covid pandemic has wreaked carnage across the whole of the most fragile and vulnerable countries on the planet,” he added.

Lowcock said a plan by the Global Humanitarian Overview could reach 160 million of the “most vulnerable people in 56 countries” if they are fully financed by the needed $35 billion.The countries with the greatest number of people in need are Yemen (24.3 million people), Ethiopia (21.3 million), Congo (19.6 million), Afghanistan (18.4 million), Sudan (13.4 million), Syria (13 million) and Pakistan (10.5 million). SOVEREIGNPH

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