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UN Appeals For Donations To Help 93.6 Million People In 2019

The United Nations estimates nearly 132 million people around the world will be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2019.

The U.N. said in its 2019 Global Humanitarian Overview that despite recent "global economic and development gains," humanitarian needs are still on the rise. Because of this, the U.N. is appealing to donors for nearly $25 billion in an effort help almost 94 million "of the most vulnerable" with things like food, shelter and health care. That's about a 10 percent increase from what it asked for in 2018.

More than one-fifth of the money will go to Yemen, which is facing what the U.N. considers the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. It predicts roughly 24 million people there will need humanitarian assistance next year.

The U.N. also says an El Niño event that'll probably develop at the end of 2018 could mean increased food insecurity. The organization believes 25 countries will be "at high risk from related droughts, tropical cyclones and floods."

Although the U.N. received a record $13.9 billion in donations in 2018, it still fell short of its $20 billion goal.

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