Today’s show is about the effect that climate crisis is having on Africa’s, people and its wildlife. The UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, opened an international climate conference on Monday with a warning.
He said levels of heat trapping gases have hit a record high and the impact could be catastrophic if nations did not take action to millet to limit their greenhouse gas emissions. Africa is already struggling with the effects of him more volatile climate drought.
Unusually severe rainfall cyclones eight months ago, cyclone me die wrecked havoc on the East of Zimbabwe. Our reporter privilege missionary visited Germany money and found many survivors still living in tents.
Adjusting to life in camps has been difficult for cyclone edye survivors in Zimbabwe. Food and EEMA lost her three children and family home. When tragedy struck the night of March 15, now she lives in a tent with her husband Ian.
She says: life is unbearable. Khuda & # 39, survived the storm but was left with long-term injuries. She is traumatized by the thought of staying in a tent throughout the rainy season, which has just started.
We are living in these tents and the rain is coming. We are afraid staying in these tents is unbearable when it rains the water floods them. We get so worried about our state of health. We pray to God and we wander.
We will take us to the hospital when disaster strikes, people living in temporary shelter. We’re, hoping to have moved to permanent homes before the onset of the rains. Moving is no longer possible and they will have to wait to the end of the rainy season in seven months.
These rock boulders are a constant reminder of what happened on the fateful night now, with climate being more and more unpredictable. These people and many others may not be out of the shadow of danger.
Repair work on damaged roads and bridges is ongoing, but it is a race against time. With the onset of the rains government officials say they have completed your physical studies and identified land that is suitable for resettlement.
This is an area which is a lot of volatility caused by climate change, but that climate change can be exacerbated by settlement patterns. So we are taking a long time to look for suitable areas where would relocate those people? More than 300 people died in March and many more are still missing in what was one of them bubbles.
West storms in memory, survivors like cooed and EEMA are hoping they will not be a repeat of a disaster when the scale of cyclone it died. Joining me now is novelty. Dobby Oxfam’s. Global climate policy lead who is in Madrid for the conference, hello enough Cote.
It’s, nice to see you and thanks for your time now we’ve, just seen how people ISM Bob we are still struggling months after cyclone e die. Now Oxfam published a report today saying climate related catastrophes have forced 20 million people to flee every year in the past decade.
So the question is: how badly is Africa affected? You know in general, climate change, climate related disaster is affecting Africa. Majorly Africa is one of the hardest hits when it comes to you know.
Global emission Africa is just contributing to 5 % of the global emission. When it comes to displacement, Somalia is one of the countries hardest hit. There is Somalia there’s. Namibia. There is also South Sudan, but for Somalia, just in 2018, there were you, know: 7.
5 percent of the population displaced because of climate filled disasters because of flooding. This is an addition to conflict. This means, actually, you know, the entire population of Munich, Hamburg and Berlin being displaced in a single year.
Like you rightly said, we are contributing the least to climate change, but we are gonna feel the effects even more than the major polluter. So we want to find out what can a firkin leaders do to push the world’s biggest polluters to actually do more to help prevent a climate change ad? You know already.
Actually, Africa is suffering the consequences: 52 million people because of droughts, repeated droughts, they’re, they’re starving. They’re hungry across 18 countries in Africa, so African leaders have to come together actually in AMSA in November.
They have made a strong call, you know to the world leaders asking for funding so that communities can be supported in terms of rebuilding their homes and so on. They have also they have to ask world leaders, especially rich countries.
You know you’re. The one who contributed to the global emission – and you have to support us in terms of you know, finance for adaptation, finance for loss and damage, so that communities can be able to adapt at the end that they do.
We on the contents are gonna face the serious effect, so we don & # 39. T really have to wait for someone to do something right. What can we do as a continent and as a people to tackle this already? You know we’re, seeing some good examples.
For instance, if your guest proposing you know to invest in a major way in renewable energy production, that’s, a really good start, but still funding is needed. You know to support Africa in terms of reducing emission deep cut emission, but where, as I said, we’re, actually contributing to 5 %, so we need to be able to find creative ways to adapt.
But again you know at the end of the day, we need finance. We need funding very well. So naff got a Dhabi Oxfam’s. Global climate policy lead thanks for your time. Thank you. [ Music ]. Now South Africa’s.
Karu region is suffering its worst drought. In a century, the region’s oldest town graph. Rinette has always been parched, but with taps running dry, farmers have to decide whether to keep their livestock alive or let them die.
It’s, a bleak choice that other places with shrinking water supplies could soon be facing on our warming planet. Johannes van Rensburg drives past what used to be a field of agave is on his farm today.
There is nothing left that are gave plants that are renowned for the ordinance in drought. They all died in in 17, fun runs, Berg’s. Farm is located in South Africa’s. Great Carew. The region is naturally dry, but a severe drought is now taking its toll on humans and animals.
This is the worst out that I’ve, been in it’s. A fourth drought that I’ve gone through this one. What’s worse about? It is obviously the length of this there. Are it’s? It’s now lost at five years away.
We are another thing: is we we are not being assisted in any way by by the government of the day. The dryland means there is no grazing so to keep his two and a half thousand sheep and goats alive fan runs.
Berg has to spend nine thousand US dollars a month. Many farmers have to slaughter their animals or file for bankruptcy and with many dams now completely dried up. The provincial government recently declared the Eastern Cape Province a disaster area, but farmers and residents are still waiting for support.
Wendy tunze has been living in the Karoo town of Graff rinette, her whole life. We could go her tap round dry and the toilets won’t flush. Getting sick was a body needs weight in the town’s, water trucks, don’t come regularly and wendy is disappointed with the local authorities, but I’m sure they are aware of this.
They could have at least would had when I was over in a week without words, eyes. Full match graph right net is amongst the worst affected towns, dams and rivers a bone dry. In April, the municipality received 30 million rand.
That’s more than two hundred thousand US dollars in drought relief. We try to find out what the money has been spent on and if a water management plan is in place that the mayor isn’t available for an interview.
The south african disaster relief organization, gift of the givers has now stepped in the NGO. Drills boreholes and distributes drinking water to the community. We struck enough water to supply at least 2,000 children with ten liters of water every day.
From now on, until the municipality is back on track and they can take the patient back and they can run again, it seems accountability and good governance and needed here every bit as much as rainfall is an outer Kenya where the world’s largest Zebra species is under threat.
The number of Grevy’s. Zebra have plummeted by 83 % since the 1970s poaching and regional insecurity, decimated the zebra population, but severe weather and drought are making things even worse. The dry northern plains of Kenya used to be a safe haven for the iconic Grevy’s.
Zebra the species is well-suited to the arid conditions, but loss of habitat, intense drought and a land degradation is pushing these zebras to the brink. This is mainly due to increasing human population, and also increasing numbers of livestock.
Diseases like anthrax have also diminished the zebra, but the severe droughts have been especially deadly for the younger animals. In particular. The population structure is many adults and few smaller younger individuals.
It basically means that the babies may be getting born, but they are not surviving to adulthood. The situation has become so drastic that conservationists are now being forced to intervene. The main problem is they’re, literally starving to death, the Grevy’s, zebra trust and other organizations that are trying to save the zebras actually have been feeding them during the dry season and bringing them hey, conservationists, say creating Nature.
Conservancy’s in Kenya, will secure the Grevy’s. Zebras heartland and replanting grasses will rehabilitate the land, but until that happens the survival of Grevy’s. Zebra is not guaranteed that’s it for now from DW news Africa, but I’ll, see you soon goodbye.