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    Extreme Weather Found to Perpetuate Poverty

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    In a new report released by the Overseas Development Group, the authors posit that extreme weather may be among the leading factors working against the global fight against poverty.

    In a new report released by the Overseas Development Group, the authors posit that extreme weather may be among the leading factors working against the global fight against poverty.

    Areas impacted by hurricanes, floods, and droughts can have years of efforts to improve living conditions wiped out in a day.

    Says lead author Dr. Tom Mitchell, “This report provides a glimpse of what we can expect to happen to world’s poorest people if we pursue the current approach to helping them prepare for disasters. We know that disasters entrench poverty – they don’t just end lives, they destroy shops, roads, crops, houses and hospitals in places where there are no safety nets such as insurance or social security.”

    It’s recommended that more emphasis be placed upon advanced preparation to ensure minimal impact rather than the current policy of responding once the damage has already been done.

    In order to do that, says Dr. Mitchell, how money is both given and spent needs to be reconsidered.

    Mitchell calls for the international community to make getting money into the most at-risk communities before disaster strikes a priority.