Climate changes killed over 1,200 people in eastern and southern Africa

epa07447732 A handout photo made available by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent

epa07447732 A handout photo made available by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) showing people carry their personal effects through a flooded section of Praia Nova, Beira, Mozambique, after Cyclone Idai destroyed and damaged homes and knocked out electricity and communications on March 15, 2019, issued March 18, 2019. The IFRC state that Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall on the evening of 14/15 March near the central Mozambican city of Beira. With maximum sustained winds estimated between 170 and 190 km/h, the cyclone brought torrential rains to Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Inhambane provinces. The cyclone caused significant destruction in Beira â € “Mozambiqueâ €™s fourth largest city with a population of over 500.000 - and surrounding villages. The full extent of the damages remain unclear as roads are cut off, including those leading to the city. Power and communications lines are down. An initial Red Cross aerial assessment estimated that about 90 per cent of the city and its surrounds was damaged or destroyed. EPA/Denis Onyodi / IFRC / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: IFRC HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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More than 1,200 people are reported to have died this year in southern and eastern Africa from natural disasters associated with climate changes, Save The Children said today.

These figures were driven by cyclones, floods and landslides that rocked countries like Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Sudan or Somalia, the organization explained.

"The results of this analysis are gloomy and show that the climate crisis is further consolidating the inequality, poverty and displacement of eastern and southern Africa," said Save The Children director for the region, Ian Vale.

"As world leaders gather for COP25, we urge them to make firm decisions to reduce the impact of climate change and to ensure that our children's lives and future are protected," Vale added.

The United Nations Climate Summit (COP25) began today in Madrid with the presence of 50 world leaders, including Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa.

At the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate changes, which runs until 13 December, delegations from 196 countries are expected, as well as the highest representatives of the European Union and various institutions, which presupposes "all the countries of the world," according to a statement from the Spanish Government.

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