Barcelona — More powerful storms are battering people and economies harder, with the poor suffering the worst losses, an annual climate risk index shows, as leaders were urged to ramp up their response to climate change effects at a global adaptation summit on Monday.

The index for 2019, from research group Germanwatch, shows that Mozambique and Zimbabwe were hardest-hit by extreme weather. Both were struck by Idai, the deadliest and costliest cyclone recorded in the southwest Indian Ocean...

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