Extreme weather events are commonplace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
On September 10, 2004, Hurricane Ivan devastated Jamaica with its Category 4 winds and rain causing more than US$350 million in damages and taking the lives of 14 people.
Climate shocks and natural disasters have long-lasting effects — human, social, economic, and environmental.
Natural disasters cost about US$18 billion a year in emerging markets and developing economies through damage to power generation and transport infrastructure alone.
Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in the heart of the Sahel region, was already facing difficult challenges when the COVID-19 outbreak occurred.