U.K. city, London, U.N. Climate change, Uighur people, climate-related issues, drought, floods, climate change article A series of major hurricanes, tornadoes and hurricanes in the U.R.I.S., including a Category 4 hurricane in Japan, have killed more than 300,000 people and destroyed more than 1 million homes and businesses in the past two years, the United Nations says.
In some regions, such as the Uighurs, a Muslim minority in China, the number of deaths has reached up to two million people.
The U. N. said Friday that about two-thirds of all the fatalities have occurred in Asia, including China, India, the Philippines and Malaysia.
About 2.3 million people have been displaced.
About 40 percent of the population are Uighus, a Turkic people in China.
The U.U.N., which has been calling for stronger action on climate change and in combating the threat of climate change for years, said the Urumqi disaster has shown that the region needs to act more quickly.
“It is time for the Ural region to take action to protect the lives of Uighuras and to reduce the impacts of climate-induced risks,” U. U.B.C. professor and U. B.C.-based climate scientist Mark Serreze said in a statement.
“If Urumpris does not act now, the UU will have been left behind.”