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WMO Update says La Niña expected to continue through first quarter of 2011 but gradually weaken

Geneva, 25 January 2010 (WMO) - A significant La Niña episode, which is affecting climate conditions in different regions of the world, continues in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Its strength is expected to decrease during the course of the coming four months, according to a new Update issued today by the World Meteorological Organization.

Almost all forecast models predict a continuation of the current La Niña for at least the next 2-4 months, through the first quarter of 2011 and possibly into the second quarter (April or early May).

"The strength of the event is likely

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Killer year caps deadly decade - reducing disaster impact is critical says top UN disaster official

Geneva - Some 373 natural disasters killed over 296,800 people in 2010, affecting nearly 208 million others and costing nearly US$110 billion, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

The top two most lethal disasters -- the 12 January earthquake in Haiti, which killed over 222,500 people, as well as the Russian heat wave in summer, which caused about 56,000 fatalities made 2010 the deadliest years in at least two decades.

"These figures are bad, but could be seen as benign in years to come," said Margareta Wahlström, Special

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Catastrophes : l'année 2010 prouve l'importance de la réduction des risques

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24 janvier 2011 - En 2010, près de 373 catastrophes naturelles ont été recensées dans le monde, tuant plus de 296.800 personnes, affectant plus de 20 millions d'autres et coûtant près de 110 milliards de dollars aux Etats, indique un rapport du Centre de recherche sur l'épidémiologie des catastrophes (CRED) de l'Université catholique de Louvain, en Belgique, réalisé en partenariat avec l'organe de l'ONU chargé de la Stratégie internationale de prévention des catastrophes (ONUSIPC).

Les deux catastrophes les plus meurtrières

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SNAPSHOT: Flooding around the world

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LONDON (AlertNet) - In recent weeks, millions of people have been caught up in severe floods from Brazil and Colombia to the Philippines, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Here's a round-up of some of the worst flooding.

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Inundaciones por todo el mundo

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Por: Redacción Vivir

Desde el estado de Queensland, en Australia, hasta Río de Janeiro, en Brasil, las intensas lluvias cobran cientos de vidas y causan millonarias pérdidas económicas.

=BFQué tienen en com=FAn las lluvias que por estos días caen sobre Batticaloa en Sri Lanka, las inundaciones en Teresópolis y Petrópolis en Brasil, las tierras anegadas en el estado de Queensland en Australia y el fuerte invierno que azota a países como Colombia, Venezuela, Filipinas, entre otros?

El dedo de los meteorólogos una vez más

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New virus could still mutate, spark pandemic - WHO

- New virus could still mutate into more virulent form

- Flu pandemic could be expected to circle globe 3 times

- WHO global tally is 5,251 cases, including 61 deaths

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, May 12 (Reuters) - The new H1N1 flu virus could still mutate into a more virulent form and spark an influenza pandemic that could be expected to circle the globe up to three times, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

The impact of any pandemic would vary, as a virus that causes only mild illness in countries with strong health

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Gripe por A(H1N1) - Actualización nº 22

A las 16.00 TMG del 8 de mayo de 2009 se habían notificado oficialmente 2500 casos de infección humana por virus gripal A(H1N1) en 25 países.

México había notificado 1204 casos humanos confirmados mediante pruebas de laboratorio, 44 de ellos mortales, y los Estados Unidos de América otros 896, 2 de ellos mortales.

También se habían notificado casos confirmados mediante pruebas de laboratorio, ninguno de ellos mortal, en los países siguientes: Alemania (11), Austria (1), Brasil (4), Canadá (214), Región Administrativa Especial de Hong Kong (China) (1), Colombia (1), Costa Rica

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Conférence de presse du coordonnateur principal du système de l'ONU pour la grippe sur l'état de préparation au virus grippal a (H1N1)

Le Coordonnateur principal du système des Nations Unies pour la grippe a, au cours d'une conférence de presse donnée au Siège de l'ONU, à New York, placé l'état de préparation du système des Nations Unies aux pandémies de la grippe dans le contexte du virus grippal A(H1N1).

Le travail fait depuis 2005 sur la grippe aviaire se révèle très utile dans la préparation à une éventuelle pandémie de la grippe A(H1N1), a affirmé David Nabarro. Ce que nous avons fait, a-t-il indiqué, c'est de mettre en place des comités composés de représentants

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UN partners prepare for potential swine flu pandemic

NEW YORK, USA, 29 April, 2009 - As the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of an increased likelihood of a pandemic of swine flu - also known as H1N1 - UNICEF is working with its UN partners to prepare for a potential outbreak.

WHO today raised its pandemic alert from level four to level five, indicating widespread human-to-human transmission and an increased likelihood of a pandemic.

"The value of UNICEF, in addition to WHO, is that it has the capacity to work with local communities to get the message through about what people can do to protect themselves,"