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Good morning, this is Irene. Today we’re covering the surge in natural disasters caused by extreme weather events over the last 50 years. We’re also looking at what it means if the November World Trade Organization summit needs to go virtual, and what we know about the Covid-19 Mu variant.

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A flooded city is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, 30 August 2021, in Lafitte, Louisiana (Credit: Keystone/AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

More weather disasters, fewer deaths. The economic toll of extreme weather has multiplied by seven over the past 50 years, a new UN report reveals. At the same time, deaths have dropped threefold, in part thanks to the improvement of multi-hazard warning systems. The findings come as parts of Louisiana and Mississippi were left devastated this week after Hurricane Ida, which flooded homes and knocked out the main power grid.

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