Caught between weather-related disasters and coronavirus threats, millions of migrants have no safe place to go

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Date of Publication: May 8, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

The COVID-19 pandemic had exposed the difficult circumstances faced by poor migrants who move in search of work as they are displaced by severe droughts or frequent floods back home. At the end of 2019, approximately 1.2 million people were forced to leave their homes by weather-related disasters in Afghanistan. The camps that provide shelter to these migrants do not provide access to adequate food, health services, sanitation, or clean drinking water and make social distancing extremely difficult. Strategies to protect people from weather disasters by moving them could clash with virus lockdowns or travel restrictions. Furthermore, governments have lost large chunks of their revenues during the shutdown and may not be in a financial position to provide emergency relief.

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Summary by: Rakshith Gangireddy