Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Social distancing: When extreme weather and coronavirus collide

Hurricane Dorian sits over The Bahamas

By Navin Singh Khadka Environment correspondent, BBC World Service

People being displaced by extreme weather events around the world are being forced to break Covid-19 social distancing safety guidelines, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies.

“Social distancing is no longer possible when displaced people are in evacuation centres,” Marshal Makavure, emergency operations co-ordinator of IFRC in Eastern Africa told the BBC.

“People have been forced to break the Covid-19 protocol and guidelines under such circumstances.”

The BBC has spoken with people living in areas affected by extreme weather events.  Read more >>