339 million people (or one in 23 people), an increase of 65 million from last year, will be suffering next year as a result of 2022’s “extreme events” and will be in urgent need of assistance, said Martin Griffiths, the UN’s under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator.
The figure of 339 million was, he added, “equivalent to the third most populous country in the world, so it’s a phenomenal number, and it’s a depressing number”.
The UN and partner agencies are asking donors for $51.5bn to fund the relief effort, another record figure and a 25% increase at the beginning of 2022. This year’s humanitarian relief efforts only received 44% of the resources needed.global
In the global humanitarian overview (GHO) at least 222 million people in 53 countries will face acute food insecurity by the end of this year, and 45 million people in 37 countries risk starvation.