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274m people will need emergency aid worldwide in 2022; UN

About 274 million people worldwide will need emergency aid and protection in 2022.

According to United Nations estimates, another 40 million more people worldwide are likely to be added to the number of those in need of humanitarian assistance or protection in 2022.

The United Nations is projecting 274 million people in need in 2022, up from 250 million in 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported.

It said that one in 29 of the world’s population is in need of assistance.

“Extreme poverty is rising again. <…> Famine remains a terrifying prospect for 45 million people in 43 countries,” the document said.

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“Needs continue to increase because of the confluence of political instability, increased displacement levels, climate impacts, and the effects of COVID-19.

“Humanitarian aid saves lives if delivered in a timely manner, the money we spend is not money wasted,” said Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths.

He added that humanitarian assistance and a political solution are required to tackle the problem.

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