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Madagascar Drought Is Climate Call on Rich Nations, Amnesty Says

  • Southern island nation suffering worst drought in 40 years
  • Country risks first famine due to climate change, UN says

Wealthy nations need to cut emissions and help fund climate change adaptation among developing countries to avert further climate-driven humanitarian crises, like the one experienced in Madagascar, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday.

Madagascar is one of ten countries considered most vulnerable to climate risks, according to the 2020 Global Climate Risk Index. Droughts are expected to become increasingly severe in the nation famous for its lemurs. Its southern region is currently experiencing its worst drought in 40 years with one million people on the brink of famine.