A woman carrying her son as she tries to protect him from heavy rain while they rush to a safer place, following their evacuation from a slum area before Cyclone Amphan made landfall, in Kolkata, India, May 20, 2020 [File: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters]

At least 51.6 million people worldwide have been doubly hit by COVID-19 and climate-related disasters, including floods, droughts or storms, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

In a new analysis published on Thursday, the IFRC said the Asia Pacific was the region hardest hit by the “double jeopardy” of disasters and the coronavirus pandemic.

About 80 percent of the global total of people affected by disasters and COVID-19 in 2020 were in the

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