Philippines, Cambodia and India most affected by weather last year

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Children from Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines walk through some of the damage and debris left by Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The Philippines, Cambodia, and India were the countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2013, according to the results of a new climate risk report.

The Global Climate Risk Index, created by the environmental organization Germanwatch, was released on the second day of UN-sponsored climate talks in Lima, Peru.

Last year in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan wiped out entire regions and took the lives of more than 6000 people.

At a press conference launching the report, the Filipino climate change Commissioner, Heherson Alvarez described the psychological damage of the most severe tropical storm to ever make landfall in his country.

“In the Philippines we have learned much. We know that the depth of damage is not just the death of ten thousand and the building of homes, but the inner damage in the hearts and minds of children who may never be able to recover, of people who are psychologically dislocated.”  (16″)

Mr Alvarez added that these components, in addition to the scientific effects of climate change, should be included in future reports.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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