Hundreds of hospitals in the Philippines could face partial or total shutdown from extreme weather events caused by climate change by the end of the century if fossil fuels are not phased out, a report by climate risk analysis organization XDI suggested.
The Philippines, one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis, ranked seventh globally in terms of the number of high-risk hospitals. The main hazards posing risks in the Philippines were identified as riverine flooding, coastal inundation, and surface water flooding. Health facilities in the Philippines need to withstand an increasing number of climate impacts that are growing in frequency and severity.
Currently, Southeast Asia has the highest percentage of hospitals at risk from climate-induced extreme weather events, with 10.76%. The analysis predicts that by the end of the century, the number of hospitals at risk in the region will increase to 18.4%.
(Source: Philippine Star)