235 million people will need emergency aid next year, says United Nations report

NEW YORK — In its 2021 report on world emergency situations, the United Nations launched an appeal on Tuesday to raise $35 billion for relief efforts in 2021.

The U.N. report estimates that 235 million people globally will be in need of emergency aid next year, an increase of 40% compared to 2020.

“The increase is almost entirely due to COVID-19,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock stated, indicating that the U.N. outlook of the humanitarian situation is the grimmest it has been in recent years.

According to the report, 1 out of 33 people will be in need of assistance next year.

“If all of these people live in one country, it will be the fifth largest country in the world,” Lowcock added.