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Middle East on Course for Huge Climate Change Losses, IMF Says

A woman walks underneath sprinklers releasing water vapor to relieve pedestrians amidst a heatwave in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

A woman walks underneath sprinklers releasing water vapor to relieve pedestrians amidst a heatwave in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Photographer: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

Climate-related losses to life and property in the Middle East and Central Asia are set to worsen if the region fails to adapt to higher temperatures and extreme weather events, the International Monetary Fund said in a report.

“In any given year since 2000, climate disasters have killed more than 2,600 people, affected 7 million others, and caused $2 billion in direct material damage,” according to the report.