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UN Chief Says Destructive Cyclone Idai Rings ‘Alarm Bell’ on Climate Change

BEIRA, Mozambique: Cyclone Idai’s deadly hit has left some 1.85 million people in need of assistance in Mozambique in a catastrophe that United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday rang “yet another alarm bell” about climate change.

The cyclone ripped through neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi, killing at least 686 people across the three southern African countries.

“At least one million children need urgent assistance and this number may well grow. We fear that whole villages have been washed away in places we have yet to reach,” Secretary-General Guterres told reporters at the United Nations.

While scientists say single weather events cannot be attributed to climate change, they say global warming is causing more extreme rainfall and storms, sweltering heatwaves, shrinking harvests and worsening water shortages around the world.