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UNITED NATIONS – The response to the 2015-2016 severe El Nino – which has effected over 60 million people from Southern Africa, to South-East Asia to Latin America –  remains severely underfunded.

In a statement released Tuesday addressing the world’s leaders, the Elders urged governments to provide aid for the affected countries, and address a $2.5 billion gap.

The Elders noted with concern that the current El Niño event is one of the strongest on record, causing over 60 million people worldwide to suffer from shortages of food and water – with Southern Africa experiencing its worst drought in 35 years.

The Elders, are a group of some of the world’s most respected senior global leaders, including Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter. The group was founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela to promote dialogue around the world’s most urgent global problems.

“Dealing with slow onset climate disasters is a matter of political will, and we cannot continue to do too little too late,” — Rebecca Sutton, Oxfam.

“Extreme weather events hit the poorest communities – those least responsible for climate change – the hardest. Significantly increased funding is thus essential to build resilience and protect the most vulnerable,” they said.

The Elders not the only ones to express concern over the lack of awareness regarding the 2015-2016 El Niño. The phenomenon describes a heating-up of the Eastern Pacific and consequent extreme weather changes like cyclones, droughts and torrential rain in the Southern Hemisphere. As the phenomenon is not cyclical, many states were ill-prepared.

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by Phillip Kaeding

Photo Credits: Guillermo Flores/IPS

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