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One in 33 people will need Aid in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is pushing the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance to new highs, according to the United Nations, dramatically increasing the ranks of extreme poverty in just one year. “The crisis is far from over,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement. “Humanitarian aid budgets face dire shortfalls as the impact of the global pandemic continues to worsen. As lockdowns and international trade routes disrupt vital aid supplies, the U.N. has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could have an "intergenerational effect" on the health of millions of people. As the coronavirus outbreak and its restrictions are pushing already hungry communities over the edge, COVID-19-linked hunger is leading to the deaths of 10,000 more children per month over the first year of the pandemic, according to an urgent call in July from the U.N. “The lives of people already living on a knife’s edge are being hit disproportionately hard by rising food prices, falling incomes interrupted vaccination programs and school closures. "School closures have affected nine out of 10 students worldwide, with almost 24 million children at risk of not returning to school in 2020”. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line”. And as the pandemic impedes food systems, hunger is on the rise, and the U.N. projected that by the end of 2020, as many as 270 million people will lack reliable access to food. In Bengaluru, the real extent of food insecurity and ominous hunger remains masked in the anonymity of city life. This, coupled with the absence of data among government departments and the labor department failed to identify the extent of the crisis, let alone tackle it.