IFRC Warns Europe’s Growing Heatwave Could Have Tragic Consequences

Extreme temperatures have spiraled international locations into harmful warmth waves and wildfires throughout Europe. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) urges cities and communities to organize to keep away from an extra disaster.

Since May, Europe has been among the many quickest “heat wave hot spots” on the earth and forecasts present no indicators of the warmth ending. Many elements of western Europe are experiencing excessive temperatures and international locations like Portugal are battling raging wildfires, impacting 1000’s of individuals.

“With the climate crisis, this heat is part of our ‘new normal’,” says Maarten Aalst van, director, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre“These deadly events are now more frequent and more intense.”

In the previous ten years, climate- and weather-related disasters have killed more than 400,000 people, affected 1.7 billion others and displaced a mean of 25 million folks annually world-wide. The folks most prone to warmth waves embrace older folks, kids, pregnant girls, and people with pre-existing well being situations. Heat waves have cascading impacts in different areas of society, reminiscent of lowered financial output, strained well being programs and rolling energy outages.

Staff and volunteers from National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies throughout Europe are supporting communities getting ready for and impacted by the warmth waves. At the identical time, groups are responding to the devastating wildfires most notably in Portugal, but additionally Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Turkey introduced on by the intense warmth.

“Many have had to evacuate their homes with the few things they can carry,” says Ana Jorge, president, Portuguese Red Cross. “Our medical teams are focused on ensuring people are getting to safety, providing critical health care to those suffering from burns and other injuries and providing them with a bed to sleep in and the necessities as they decide their next steps.”

With warmth waves turning into extra doubtless around the globe because the local weather disaster worsens, extra preparedness and early warning programs are required to scale back and handle the dangers.

“People are not always aware of the dangers of heat. But when communities understand the risks and take simple measures to prepare for it, they can prevent unnecessary tragedies,” says van Aalst. “We urge cities and communities to prepare and take the necessary steps to save lives, now and in the long term.”

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