A report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown that millions of people in Bangladesh lost their homes and means of support this year as a result of climate change, which is fueling an uncontrollable internal migration.
According to the WHO’s assessment of the situation in the nation of about 168 million people, more than 7.1 million Bangladeshis were displaced by climate change in 2022, and that number might rise to 13.3 million by 2050.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s foreign ministry has claimed that the effects of climate change cost the nation 1% of its annual GDP. By 2050, it is predicted that 17% of the nation’s coastal regions will be underwater, displacing roughly 20 million people.
Recall that the 2020 Global Climate Risk Index listed Bangladesh as the seventh riskiest country.
The WHO assessment also showed that the country has also experienced three significant influxes of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals totalling more than a million people since 1978. Each of these individuals has specific medical needs and is being housed in one of the biggest and most crowded camps in the world in Cox’s Bazar.
The assessment comes ahead of the third iteration of the annual Global School on Refugee and Migrant Health, which is being held in the capital city of Dhaka from November 28 to December 2. The event is being organized by the WHO to assist nations and territories in enhancing professional competency and ability to effectively manage health concerns relating to migrants and refugees.
Story was adapted from AA.